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 party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.