86-year old man shot in bank robbery

An 86 year old man was shot in the arm during a bank robbery near Uppsala, on Monday, reported TT and DN. Two robbers, said by witnesses to be between 20 and 25 years old, entered Handelsbanken's branch in Tierp, 50 km north of Uppsala, and threatened the staff and the 86-year old customer.

“When the robbers arrived the customer was just about to leave, and that’s when they started shooting at him”, said Lena Larsson, spokeswoman at the police in Uppsala. The man was not fatally injured and is recovering in hospital. Police were searching for the robbers but failed to find them. A suspected getaway car was found nearby, and has been sent to forensic experts. An investiagtion is also underway at the bank premises. The police cannot yet confirm how many shots were fired and if the two men managed to steal anything.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, TT


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.