As the trial over 21-year-old Tove's death in Vetlanda began on Monday, the accused 20-year-old's defence lawyer began questioning the coroner's conclusions about the cause of death.

"My client has not strangled the plaintiff to death. There are more findings in the coroner's autopsy protocol suggesting suffocation by inhaling vomit of stomach contents to the lungs," Sangborn said in his opening statement.

She thus believes that the throat that the 20-year-old took on Tove was not lethal, instead the cause of death would have been that Tove choked on her vomit. The defense advances this option despite the coroner's determination that the overall injury picture precludes accident.

Hear the lawyer's explanation in audio recording from the trial in the clip above.