Man gets 10 years for murder

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of a 22-year-old man in a small town west of Stockholm in June of this year. He was also ordered by Västmanland District Court to pay 500,000 kronor ($75,000) in compensation.

The attack took place following a street fight in the town of Hallstahammar, 125 kilometres from Stockholm. The victim was stabbed in the chest shortly before midnight. He was taken to Västerås Hospital, where he later died.

Börje Strömberg, spokesman for Västerås Police, said at the time that the street fight, which involved several people, had calmed down when the stabbing took place.

“According to witnesses, a person returned following the row carrying a big knife. He attacked the man and then disappeared in a car from the scene,” he said.

The murder caused outrage in the town, leading hundreds of inhabitants to participate in demonstrations against the rise in violent crime.


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.