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Three charged for brutal murder of daycare teacher

Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with the brutal murder last year of a 35-year-old daycare teacherfrom Sandviken in eastern Sweden.

The victim received several blows to the head with an axe before having her head shoved under the water in a bog until she stopped breathing. Her body was later buried in a nearby forest.

The three suspects were charged On Friday at Gävle District Court. A police investigation into the murder has painted a picture of a sustained and violent attack.

“The sequence of events was long and drawn out. The woman understood that she was going to be killed and must have experienced great mortal anxiety,” prosecutor Mikael Hammarstrand told the TT news agency.

The suspects, all of whom were acquainted with the victim, consist of two men, aged 26 and 36, as well as a 27-year-old woman. The men have been charged with murder, while the woman faces a charge of attempted murder.

Some time prior to the attack, the men got into an argument with the victim over narcotics and an alleged sexual assault. According to the prosecutor, the men made a decision to take her life.

On May 2nd 2006 the two men drove to her apartment in Sandviken. There they they threatened her with an axe and forced her into the car.

In the nearby town of Hofors they then picked up the 27-year-old woman, who took over behind the wheel.

At Korsåvägen outside the town they pulled over, dragged the 35-year-old out of the car and bundled her violently into the trunk.

They then continued driving until they reached a dirt road far outside Hofors.

On being pulled out of the trunk, the shocked 35-year-old tried to run away. Her attempts to flee were cut short however by a blow to the head with an axe.

Despite being injured, she attempted once more to escape but her feet soon became stuck in the wet ground.

Again the men struck her in the head with the axe. The woman’s ordeal finally came to an end when the men pushed her head into the bog and held it there until her breathing ceased.

Her dead body was then placed in the trunk of the car and all three suspects returned to the 27-year-old woman’s apartment.

The next day they took the victim’s body to a forested area outside Hofors, where they set the corpse alight inside a car. The charred remains were then buried in nearby Olshyttan.

The woman was reported missing the following week. It was not until seven months later however that police discovered the burnt out car and began putting together the pieces of the puzzle.

Several months later, in May of this year, police finally recovered the missing woman’s body.

Having found the body, it did not take long for police to track down and arrest the suspects.

“The men deny the charges but admit that they were at the murder scene. They are having difficulty explaining why the woman was killed. The 27-year-old woman has provided the best explanation. She has made a partial admission,” said Mikael Hammarstrand.

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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