Appeal begins for Lapland tour guide killer
The appeal court in Rovaniemi starts hearing the case of a Czech man convicted of the brutal murder of his Scottish girlfriend. Karel Frybl killed Rebecca Johnson in a frenzied attack in December 2016, at a remote husky ranch in Enontekiö where they both worked as tour guides. Johnson was stabbed more than 30 times in the head, back, chest, abdomen and thigh, and died before medical help could arrive. Now, Frybl’s legal team say they’re appealing against the more serious murder conviction, which comes with a mandatory life sentence, and hoping the appeal court reduces it to manslaughter or homicide which comes with less jail time. Read more at our original story.
Hotel guests evacuated after sauna fire
A fire that started in a hotel’s electric sauna has forced residents to stay elsewhere for the night. The blaze at the Hotel Red & Green in Närpiö in south west Finland, destroyed the sauna area and locker rooms, but was confined to the basement and didn’t spread to the rest of the building. However, due to smoke, firefighters told guests to move out and sleep somewhere else.
President’s office plans green initiative
President Niinistö’s office says they’re planning to reduce their carbon footprint by two thirds by 2024 – the end of the current presidential term in office for Sauli Niinistö. In a statement, the president’s office says he has often stated that fighting climate change will be the most important issue in the coming years, and that it is necessary to take action at every level. However, the President’s statement doesn’t outline any measure’s they will take to reduce their carbon footprint or offset emissions.
Green MP sells Löyly sauna stake
Green Alliance MP Antero Vartia is selling his share in one of Helsinki’s hottest tourist attractions to his business partner, actor Jasper Pääkkönen. The duo helped finance the Löyly waterfront sauna, bar and restaurant complex which opened for business in 2016. But now politician Vartia says it’s time to sell up, and use his money for other things like fighting climate change. Read more in this story.
Tuesday morning weather
It’s a mild start to Tuesday morning with temperatures in the south and south west into double digits already, and a high of +11°C. But there’s rain as well, especially in the capital city region and Tampere for the beginning of the working day. Elsewhere, the best of the sunshine will be in the eastern border and in Lapland, but lots of cloud cover across the rest of Finland.