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House fire ‘may not have been accidental’

The death of a 41 year old man in a Stockholm house fire may not have been accidental, Expressen reports.

The man died in hospital on Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained in the fire the previous Saturday. The man’s 43 year old girlfriend was arrested on the same day as his death, suspected of setting her boyfriend alight.

A neighbour, Faisa Ahmed, witnessed the fire in Kallhäll, a north-western suburb of Stockholm. The 43 year old woman stood on the balcony while the fire raged.

“She looked completely calm. I was surprised that she wasn’t hysterical,” said Ahmed.

Another neighbour, Soufiane, saw the man make a desperate attempt to escape.

“He came stumbling down the stairs. His whole body was like a living torch. It looked like he was naked and he was burning all over. All his hair was gone,” he said.

As Soufiane ran home to place an emergency call, he heard the man’s girlfriend shout:

“Get the hell out of here!”

According to the same witness, the woman stood packing a suitcase while the house was ablaze.

“She seemed completely out of it,” said Soufiane.

Many neighbours have said that the relationship between the two was stormy.

“They were always arguing and screaming at each other. The police were over there on occasion. But on the day of the fire we didn’t hear any arguing at all,” one witness told Aftonladet.

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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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