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Man breaks out of Stockholm jail

An inmate at a high security prison near Stockholm broke out on Monday afternoon after a car was rammed into prison gates. The break-out, at Beateberg prison in Trånsund, happened when the prisoner was on a supervised walk in a prison yard.

Police say that at least two people were involved in breaking down the gate from outside, allowing the inmate, born 1977, to escape.

“It happened quickly, and he certainly knew what was going on,” said police spokesman Christer Ahlström.

Police were unable to confirm whether the guards had been threatened with guns. The assailants and the prisoner escaped in another car, heading south. Both cars were stolen in Farsta, a Stockholm suburb.

The man who escaped was convicted of theft. Police say he is not considered dangerous, and Beateberg is not used to house the most hardened criminals. The escaped man was due to have been given parole on 16th July.

TT/The Local

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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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