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Child injured after violent ex-husband causes car crash

A violent clash between a woman's current spouse and her ex-husband result in a a young child needing hospital treatment on Sunday evening.

The ex-husband disappeared after the incident on the well-to-do Stockholm island of Lidingö. A warrant has been put out for his arrest.

It was late on Sunday evening when a woman pulled up outside her home in a Jaguar with her husband and three children. But just as they were unloading the car, the woman’s ex-husband arrived carrying a weapon with which he proceeded to attack the other man.

“Somehow or other the two men ended up in the car. The injured party probably hopped in and was followed by the perpetrator,” said police spokesman Mats Albertsson.

It is not yet clear whether the car began moving as a result of the handbrake being off or because one of the men started the vehicle. But what is known is that the woman’s pre-school age son was still in the vehicle when it crashed into the wall of a house.

The boy banged his head and had to be taken to Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital in Solna for treatment. His injuries are not reported to be life-threatening.

The woman’s ex-husband is wanted on suspicion of assault. It also emerged that he had directed threats at his ex-wife and her new husband earlier in the weekend.

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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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