Ten years for plank murder

A 24-year-old dance instructor has been sentenced to ten years in jail for the brutal murder of a 39-year-old woman in Strömstad.

The woman was on holiday in the western Swedish town in July when she met the 24-year-old at a popular nightclub one evening. The two ended up leaving the venue together.

Together they walked to an alleyway near the centre of the coastal town. According to the man, the woman began mocking him when he was unable to perform a sex act.

In his drunken state, he said that he lost his temper and pushed the woman to the ground. He told police that he wanted the woman to feel the same pain that he felt.

The next day the victim was found lying dead in the alleyway. A broken plank was found nearby smeared with the dead woman’s blood and hair.

The 24-year-old admitted to the charges of aggravated assault and manslaughter but denied having intended to kill the woman.

In its verdict, the district court wrote that that although the murder “could be seen to merit a sentence of more than ten years,” it was not considered exceptional enough warrant a life sentence.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask recently requested a judicial review into sentencing procedures following a controversial Supreme Court ruling earlier this year placing a ten year maximum on time limited murder sentences.


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