two people were murdered on a Linköping street in broad daylight, a new witness has come forward with information which, police say, could at last move the investigation forward. "/> two people were murdered on a Linköping street in broad daylight, a new witness has come forward with information which, police say, could at last move the investigation forward. " />
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CRIME

New leads in Linköping double murder case

Almost seven months after two people were murdered on a Linköping street in broad daylight, a new witness has come forward with information which, police say, could at last move the investigation forward.

Thursday’s Östgöta Correspondent reported that a woman has said she saw a suspicious man hanging around the scene of the murders several times in the days leading up to them.

“It is unfortunately the case that some people are reluctant to contact the police,” said detective Nils Ahlberg.

“They are afraid of being drawn into the murder investigation. But for us it is of enoprmous importance that anybody who could have made the slightest observation gets in touch.”

According to the Östgöta Correspondent, the woman saw a man in his late twenties and wearing a beige jacket and a blue or black hat. The description is similar – but not identical – to other witness reports from the time, as well as from an anonymous letter which police received soon after the attacks.

“The witness has explained that the man would stand in the same place for a couple of hours without doing anything,” said Nils Ahlberg.

“The observations were made between 8 and 10 in the mornings.”

The murders on 19th October 2005 stunned the town of Linköping. The assailant stabbed 8 year old Mohammad Ammouri, who was on his way to school, and 56 year old Anna-Lena Svenson, who was only 25 metres from her apartment block and on her way to her job in central Linköping. The boy died at the scene and Mrs Svenson died from her wounds in hospital some hours later.

The murderer escaped but police found his blood-stained clothes hidden near the scene of the murder and concluded that the killer had seriously injured his own right hand in the attacks. DNA samples were taken from the clothes as well as from the so-called butterfly knife which was found shortly after the murders.

Police have reissued their appeal for information and Thursday’s Expressen reported that they are currently focusing on four “high interest” individuals.

Sources: Corren, 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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