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Urine could lead police to Stockholm killers

Police hunting the killers of a 29 year old who died after being assaulted in central Stockholm last week believe that their urine may provide clues to their identity.

In the early hours of Thursday morning the victim commented on two men who were urinating in a doorway in Kungsgatan. The two men, and, according to police, up to two other men, chased the 29 year old and beat him up. He was taken to Karolinska hospital with serious head injuries and died on Saturday.

One man was arrested on Friday and another on Saturday but both have now been released and are not suspected of involvement in the attack.

Police do not yet have any suspects, but they are hoping that the results of the forensic analysis of the doorway will help.

“Hopefully we will be able to get the DNA of the attackers,” said the police spokesman Ulf Göranzon.

While the urine itself does not contain DNA, it can contain cells from the body. That makes it less useful than saliva or hair, according to Tore Olsson, from the National Forensics Laboratory. He told Expressen that a few drops should still be enough for investigators to work with.

Police have also set up a special telephone line for potential witnesses.

“Since there were so many people there we believe that there are people who have valuable information about the case,” Ulf Göranzon told Svenska Dagbladet.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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