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Kungsgatan killing suspects released

Three men accused of beating a man to death in central Stockholm in May have been released by the Stockholm City Court ahead of a judgment expected on Monday.

The men, two eighteen-year olds and a nineteen year old, stand accused of killing 29-year old Marcus Gabrielsen on Stockholm’s Kungsgatan on May 5th.

Gabrielsen and a friend are said to have been attacked after asking one of the attackers not to urinate in a doorway on the street. Despite the fact there were many people on Kungsgatan at the time, nobody came to Gabrielsen’s aid and he was left unconcious. He died in hospital a few days later.

The accused men’s families cheered as the court announced that they would be released. The decision to free them indicates that they are unlikely to be convicted.

Prosecutors have been unable to produce forensic evidence linking the accused men to the crime.

A number of witnesses at the trial have given contradictory evidence, and some have retracted in court accounts that they gave to police during questioning, reports Dagens Nyheter.

Asked what he thought of the decision to set the men free, the victim’s father, Oddvar Gabrielsen, responded:

“What do I think? No doubt they’ve taken the right decision.”

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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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