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Man cycled across Malmö with victim’s head

A man accused of murder cycled across Malmö with his victim's head in a sports bag. The 45-year old and a 47-year old friend have been charged with the murder in April 2005.

The murder, which took place in Malmö’s drugs underworld, was revealed in a tip-off to police in January. The body was found in garage in a well-known drug den the Videdal area of the city, and was identified as belonging to a 47-year old man with a long criminal record who had been missing since April 2005.

The body was badly disfigured and the head was missing.

A man, now 47, was arrested at the time the body was discovered. The 45-year old was arrested later, initially suspected of sheltering a criminal, but murder charges have now been leveled against him.

“They are suspected of jointly murdering the 47-year old,” prosecutor Mats Svensson said.

He said that the younger of the two suspects has admitted being present when the man was killed, but said the older man killed him. The older man denies ever meeting the victim.

The 45-year old said that the body was first put in a temporary hiding place. Later, when they were trying to bury it, the hole turned out to be too small, so they chopped the victim’s head off. The man said that he cycled with the head to the Limhamn dock, and threw the head in the water near the old ferry terminal. Police found the head exactly where he told them it would be.

Svensson said the body showed signs of serious assault. The man’s death appears to have been caused by a knife through the heart and the aorta. The murder is believed to have taken place 8th April 2005. The motive appears to have been an argument about drugs and the alleged theft of a watch.

It is claimed that the murder was common knowledge in Malmö’s hard drugs-taking circles.

“Half of Malmö knew about this,” one witness said in questioning, according to Svensson.

TT/The Local

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Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

A court has sentenced the far-right extremist Theodor Engström to forced psychiatric care for the knife attack he carried out at the Almedalen political festival this summer.

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

The Gotland district court found the 33-year-old Engström guilty of murdering the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren, but did not agree that the murder counted as a terror attack.

It did find him guilty, however, of “planning a terror attack”, for his preparations to murder the Centre Party’s leader, Annie Lööf. 

“The murdered woman had a significant role [in society], a murder is always serious, and this had consequences both for Almedalen Week and for society more broadly,” the judge Per Sundberg, said at a press conference. 

The judge Per Sundberg announces the sentence on Theodor Engström on December 6th. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

But he said that the court judged that Sweden’s terror legislation was too restrictively drafted for her murder to count as a terror offence. 

“Despite Ing-Marie Wieselgren’s well-attested position within psychiatry, the court considers that her position as national coordinator at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions is not such that her murder can in itself be considered to have damaged Sweden. The act cannot as a result be classified as a terrorist crime on those grounds.” 

The court ruled that Engström’s crimes deserved Sweden’s most severe sentence, a life sentence in prison, but found that due to his disturbed mental state he should instead receive “psychiatric care with a special test for release”. 

In its judgement, the court said that an examination by forensic psychiatrists had found both that there were “medical reasons” why Engström should be transferred into a closed psychiatric facility and that “his insight into the meaning of his actions and his ability to adjust his actions according to such insight were at the very least severely diminished”. 

It said that under Swedish law, a court could send someone to prison who was in need of psychiatric care only if there were “special reasons” to do so. 

“The court considers that it has not been shown that Theodor Engström’s need of psychiatric care is so limited that there is a special reason for a prison sentence,” it ruled. 

Lööf wrote on Instagram that the judgement was “a relief”. 

“For me personally, it was a relief when the judgement came,” she wrote. “Engström has also been judged guilty of ‘preparation for a terror attack through preparation for murder’. This means that the the court is taking the threat towards democracy and towards politicians as extremely serious.”

The fact that the court has decided that Engström’s care should have a “special test for release” means that he cannot be discharged from the closed psychiatric hospital or ward where he is treated without a court decision. 

The court must rule both that the mental disorder that led to the crime has abated to the extent that there is no risk of further crimes, and that he has no other mental disorders that might require compulsory psychiatric care. The care has to be reassessed every six months. 

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