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Dissatisfied customer took salesman hostage

A 28-year old man in the southern town of Linköping, who was dissatisfied with his new laptop computer, took brutal revenge on the man who had sold him the goods.

With the help of two friends he called round two the man’s apartment and took him hostage along with three of his companions. The victim described the events of December 5th last year as being “like a mafia film,” Corren reports.

The 28-year-old was charged on Thursday with a number of serious crimes.

After receiving the latest of a number of computer deliveries he is reported to have gone to the victim’s home with two friends.

One of the 28-year-old’s friends is said to have become aggressive and begun threatening the men with a knife.

“It was like in a mafia film when they run in and take people hostage. That was when the nightmare began,” said the victim when questioned by police.

For the next two hours the victim is said to have been exposed to psychological terror. The 28-year struck him on the head and threatened to burn him with cigarettes.

In return for the men’s safety the 28-year-old demanded 20 computers.

Expressen reports that the 28-year-old and his friends threatened the men with rape if they did not comply with the demands.

Before leaving the apartment the men bound the victim’s companions and ordered him not to untie them until twenty minutes had elapsed.

“If you call the police I will slit your throat,” one of the men is reported to have said.

Police were finally able to arrest the 28-year-old on December 31st. He is currently in police custody while awaiting trial. He has refused to answer any questions.

Police have not yet been able to arrest his two accomplices.

CRIME

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to psychiatric care

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

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to 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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