Murderer shot in Stockholm

A convicted murderer has been shot dead outside a hotel in Stockholm in front of his ex-wife and eleven-year old son.

The 50-year old man, who was on weekend release from prison, was shot on Friday evening outside the Hotel Haga Kristineberg in the Kungsholmen district of the Swedish capital.

According to Svenska Dagbladet, the alarm was raised by the man’s son and former wife, who asked the hotel’s receptionist to call the emergency services. He was taken to hospital but medics were unable to save him.

“He was hit by at least two bullets,” said Sören Sjöholm, police inspector at Stockholm Police told TT.

According to his ex-wife, the gunman was masked and wearing a camouflage jacket. After shooting the man, he fled towards the city centre, she said.

Two men who were nearby at the time of the shooting were taken in for questioning. The pair, aged 39 and 29, were questioned by police overnight but a prosecutor decided early on Saturday morning that they should be released.

The murdered man was convicted four years ago for strangling an 18-year old athlete in Nacka, east of Stockholm. The woman was said to have had a promising future in a combat sport and was found dead outside a school. The man, who had been the woman’s trainer, was arrested the same day.

Finding the man guilty of murder, the court said it appeared that jealousy lay behind the young athlete’s killing.

Police are now investigating whether there are any links between Friday’s killing and the murder of which the man was convicted.

“That’s probably where we need to look to find the motive,” a police source told TT.

A forensic examination of the crime scene was undertaken on Friday night.

TT/The Local


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