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Another prisoner on the run

A 23 year old patient from Karsudden secure psychiatric hospital escaped on Saturday while on a supervised visit to Norrköping.

The man, who slipped his guards at around 11am, is said to be dangerous. Nevertheless, police were not informed of the escape until an hour and a half later.

The 23 year old’s carers started off by looking for him in Spiralen, the department store they were in at the time. At 11.15am they called Karsudden to report the escape. A full hour later the hospital faxed the police with a description of the man.

Police nationwide were put on alert for the man, who has a shaved head and was wearing a white winter jacket. He is serving a sentence for serious assault, making illegal threats, narcotics crimes and weapons offences.

“The 23 year old is considered dangerous when he is using drugs, but to me it doesn´t seem like he is dangerous otherwise,” said Tobias Jöhnemark, officer on duty at Sörmland police, to Dagens Nyheter on Saturday afternoon.

“To start with we had indications that he was on his way to Stockholm, but we really don´t know where he is,” Jöhnemark added.

Both the Gothenburg and Östergötland police forces are helping their colleagues in Sörmland.

According to Svenska Dagbladet, Karsudden is now “considering reviewing their routines”.

“I think so. That seems reasonable after this,” said Lennart Edström, chief psysician at Karsuddens hospital to news agency TT.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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