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17 year old girl held for Örebro knife murder

A 17 year old girl has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a 16 year old boy to death in Örebro on Friday night.

The boy was was knifed outdoors in Vivalla, a residential area in the town, just after midnight. He was taken to the Örebro university hospital where doctors said his injuries were so serious that his life could not be saved.

“We are now questioning the suspect and any witnesses we can get hold of to bring some clarity to what happened,” said Örebro police spokesman Torbjörn Carlson at 10am on Saturday.

“I don’t want to go into details now – it’s far too early.”

The 17 year old girl was charged in her absence at first, but was then arrested in central Örebro at around 4.30am.

According to the police, there is nothing to suggest a relationship between the girl and the boy.

“We need to try to establish with our investigation the motive or underlying factors behind this,” said Torbjörn Carlsson.

The girl, who comes from Örebro, was already on police records, although not for violent crime.

The scene of the crime was cordoned off overnight and a major investigation is now underway. The boy’s body will undergo a post mortem on Saturday.

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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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