Swedes victims of robbery and rape in Venezuela

Twelve Swedish tourists have been robbed at their hotel in Venezuela. A girl was also raped in connection with the robbery.

There are also indications that a number of the tourists were assaulted.

“We are however somewhat uncertain as to reports of assault since we have heard varying reports,” Bo Uggerhøj from insurance company SOS International told Aftonbladet.

The tourists have received assistance from the Swedish consulate in Caracas and have also been offered crisis help by Swedish emergency services.

SOS International first received news of the incident early on Monday evening. Out of consideration for thiose involved, the company does not wish to release information about the location of the hotel, the name of the travel agency or the Swedes’ place of residence.


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.