Love causes man to steal from 90-year-old mother

A 64-year-old man from Mölndal in western Sweden fell foul of the law after withdrawing more than one million kronor ($145,000) from his 90-year-old mother's bank account.

Much of the money went straight into the apron pockets of a women working at the local hot dog stand for whom the man had developed a romantic liking.

The defendant took over his mother’s finances when she entered an old people’s home in 2005. Before falling in love with a hot dog seller many years his junior, the 64-year-old had used the account solely to pay his mother’s bills.

But the quickening of his heartbeat was soon matched by the rapid disappearance of funds from his mother’s account. In just three months he took out over one million kronor, Metro reports.

On occasion he showered his fast food friend with expensive gifts. Other times he simply gave her large sums of money.

In retrospect, the man said he felt used by the the object of his affections. In court the man’s sister described him as a “very nice but somewhat gullible person”.

On learning of her son’s theft and subsequent legal predicament, the man’s mother offered to give him the money as a retroactive gift.

This gesture from the 90-year-old woman enabled her son, who has no previous convictions, to plead not guilty.

The court however ruled that he had abused the trust of an elderly person and found him guilty of theft.

He was given a one year suspended sentence as well as 240 hours of community service.


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.