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Motorist shot in head after traffic accident

A 22-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with the brutal murder of a 19-year-old man in Gothenburg.

The incident took place after the two men’s cars were involved in a mild collision in a car park in the Hammarkullen district in August last year.

The 22-year-old is reported to have been driving very slowly when a white Opel, driven by the 19-year-old victim, crashed into the back of his Saab.

“It was a collision in a roundabout resulting in a bit of damage. Sometimes that’s all it takes unfortunately,” prosecutor Thomas Eliasson told Metro.

After the 19-year-old and his 25-year-old passenger had finished parking, the suspect came towards them bearing a pistol and quickly shot the younger man twice in the head at close range.

“Fuck you, idiots,” he is reported to have said before turning on the 25-year-old and shooting him twice in the leg.

He is then said to have pointed his gun at the 25-year-old’s forehead and pulled the trigger again. But this time the hammer clicked without firing.

The 22-year-old admitted to having fired the shots but claimed that he had acted in self-defence. According to his version of events, the two men were armed with a baseball bat and a pistol and had threatened to attack him.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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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