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”.


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.