Five arrested after Halmstad murder

Five people have been arrested after a 45 year old man was found dead in his apartment in Halmstad on Saturday morning.

The fifth man was taken into custody in the small hours of Monday morning, according to police inspector Lars Hamrén.

Two men are being held on suspicion of murder, while two men and a woman are suspected of being accomplices to the crime or of harbouring criminals.

All five, along with the murder victim, were previously known to the police, said Hamrén.

Police went to the apartment on Saturday after a tip-off. Two people who were outside the building at the time were taken to the police station for questioning and were held on suspicion of involvement.

The other arrests followed and were ‘undramatic’, said Lars Hamrén.

The victim’s injuries indicated that he had been subjected to violence, but it was still unclear on Monday morning how he was murdered.

Police will continue to question those in custody on Monday.


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.” 

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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.