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Swede convicted of eating women

A 29-year old Swedish man who killed two women, drank their blood and ate their flesh has been sent to a secure hospital after he was convicted of murder by a court in Gävle on Thursday.

The man had admitted his guilt from the outset, and his defence team agreed with the prosecution that he should be sent to a secure mental hospital, after doctors had said that he had a severe psychiatric disorder. The level of agreement between the defence and prosecution was very unusual for the Swedish system.

The man killed the first of his victims, an 18-year old woman in Gävle, central Sweden, in March last year. In October a 34-year old woman from Skutskär, near Gävle, became his second victim.

The cannibal faced his victims’ families in a packed courtroom. Sitting next to his lawyer and wearing handcuffs, he stared and the table in front of him as prosecutor Christer Sammens read out the charges.

He confessed to both the murders through Magnus Isaksson, defence counsel, but after half an hour he passed a note to Isaksson saying he wanted to leave the room. He was taken out immediately and refused to return for the rest of the hearing.

The court was then played a tape of the man’s police interrogation.

“Suddenly, I stabbed her,” he said, referring to the murder of the 18-year old.

“She said ‘ah’, and I lay over her and just stabbed, stabbed and then she sighed. Then I did the worst thing of all – I drank her blood and chopped bits of meat from her and ate them up.”

The man has not explained the reasons for what he did.

Among those testifying at the trial was the boyfriend of the 18-year old. He had initially been arrested on suspicion of murdering her, but was later released. He told the court of the moment the man burst into the couple’s flat and killed the woman by stabbing her at least 30 times.

The killer was ordered to pay 703,000 kronor to the victims’ relatives and in compensation to the wrongly arrested man.

“This is a total tragedy for all concerned, as well as for society which failed in its duty to prevent what happened,” said lawyer Peter Althin, who had represented the killer.

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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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