Woman killed in nursery car park

A 45-year old woman was killed in a knife attack in a parking lot outside a nursery school in Halmstad on Wednesday afternoon.

The woman’s former partner has been detained on suspicion of murder or manslaughter. The alleged attacker was seen leaving the scene in a dark BMW. Shortly afterwards the car was seen driving at high speed northbound up the E6 motorway.

Police arrested the 47-year old man just north of Falkenberg, 40 kilometres from the scene, around half an hour after the attack. The arrest was undramatic, officers said.

The alarm was raised at 5:20 pm in the Andersberg residential area.

Witnesses said that the attacker and victim were sitting in the parked car when the woman either fell out our tried to drag herself out of the car door. She fell straight to the ground.

“The witnesses believe that this might have been preceded by some kind of struggle inside the car,” said Inspector Lars Hamrén of Halmstad police.

“She was quite possible already dead when she fell to the ground,” he added.

The man was detained on Wednesday evening, suspected of murder or manslaughter.

Several witnesses were questioned on Wednesday evening.

“At this point we can’t make public the information from witnesses, nor can we say what the man in detention has said or had as a motive for his actions,” Halmén said.

The man and dead woman had previously been in a relationship and have adult children together. The woman lived in Halmstad. Police say they do not have information about where the man lives.


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