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Man arrested for double murder

A man in his thirties has been arrested in connection with a double murder in the village of Ludvigsborg in southern Sweden.

A man and a woman were found dead in the village at 1pm on Monday.

“The chief investigator made the decision to take the man in at 4.05pm. He is suspected of carrying out the murders,” said police spokesman Charley Nilsson.

Police had initially been informed of a serious assault in the area. It is not yet known how the situation developed.

Ambulance staff were sent to the scene but did not find any injured parties, according to SOS Alarm.

A witness told news agency TT that a man with knife wounds had been seen outside an apartment block in Ludvigsborg. Pupils from a private school in the area are also said to have witnessed the events on their way home from school.

Ludvigsborg is located between the towns of Hörby and Höör in southern Sweden.

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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.” 

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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. 

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