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Man threatens ex-girlfriend with chainsaw

A 25 year old man tried to break into his ex-girlfriend's flat with a chainsaw. The incident took place at 1.40 a.m. on Thursday in the southern Swedish village of Ödestugu.

It is not the first time that the man has tried to force his way back into his former girlfriend’s life, Expressen reports. Four times in the last year she has reported him for threatening her.

“He is forbidden from visiting her and is not allowed to make contact,” said police commander Anders Gustavson.

At 1.40 a.m. he stood outside his ex-girlfriend’s home and started up his chainsaw.

“He began sawing through the door,” said Gustavson.

The woman was inside her home with a daughter from her relationship with the 25-year-old and her new boyfriend.

“For some reason he got scared and fled the scene in a car,” said Gustavson.

Police managed to arrest the man in the nearby town of Sävsjö at 2.35 p.m.

“He is suspecting of making serious threats, causing damage to property and breaking his visiting ban,” said Gusavson.

The man is currently being detained in Jönköping and is refusing to answer any questions.

“This is a story that has gone on for a long time; an old relationship gone out of control,” said police investigator Pia classon.

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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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