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Prosecutors to appeal Kungsgatan death case

Prosecutors are appealing the verdict of a Stockholm court, in which three men were found not guilty of killing 29-year old Marcus Gabrielsen on Kungsgatan in central Stockholm earlier this year.

One man was found guilty of serious assault, another of assault, and a third man was cleared of all charges at Stockholm City Court in July. The case against the men fell after a number of witnesses changed their stories in court.

Now prosecutor Anne-Marie Bergström has said that she wants to try again to get a murder conviction over Gabrielsen’s death. She told news agency TT that she is hoping that witnesses will come forward with new testimony, and that new forensic tests will provide more information,

The man convicted of serious assault is also appealing. He admits kicking Gabrielsen once, but the court decided he had kicked the 29-year old twice. The convicted man’s lawyer said that this had led to his client getting a longer sentence.

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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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