Mugged Malmö woman’s death ‘not caused by violence’

Police have indicated that violence was not the cause of a woman's death during a mugging in Malmö on Monday. The woman, 48, later died in hospital.

A preliminary investigation showed that the woman’s purse was stolen but that her assailant did not use violence.

“In my opinion there is no connection between the perpetrator’s actions and the death,” said police commissioner Thomas Albinson in a statement.

While the exact cause of death has not yet been ascertained, the woman did have a prior history of illness which is being treated as a contributory factor.

Police had on Monday night not made any arrests in connection with the incident, but they had compiled a description of the man. Several people witnessed the robbery, which took place on Fosievägen shortly after 7pm on Monday. One of the witnesses alerted the police and ambulance.

According to the witnesses the mugger grabbed the woman to try to steal something from her.

“On this, she fell to the ground and was left lying there,” said Malmö Police’s Hans Bengtsson.

It has since been established that the mugger more than likely left the scene with her purse.

The woman was conscious when the ambulance arrived, but her condition deteriorated quickly. She died later in hospital in Malmö.

Witnesses said the robber did not physically assault the woman, nor did he use a weapon. He ran from the scene following the robbery.

Police had previously been treating the case as manslaughter but have now downgraded the suspect’s crime to what police have referred to as “a theft-like situation”.


Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

READ ALSO: What’s the Swedish Christian Democrats’ abortion contract all about?

Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.