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Swedish businesswoman had child with 14-year-old boy

A Swedish woman who bore the child of a 14-year-old Uruguayan boy has been sentenced by Svea Court of Appeal to six months in jail for sexually exploiting a minor. The boy was twelve years old when their sexual relationship began.

The woman, 32, said to be a high-profile company director, was 29 years old when she gave birth to the boy’s daughter, her third child in all.

But the baby was conceived in Sweden rather then Uruguay. Once she had returned to her homeland, the businesswoman managed to convince the father of her two oldest children that the boy should live with them.

“I said that he was like a brother to me but didn’t mention anything about our relationship,” the woman told the district court earlier this year.

The boy, who comes from a renowned Uruguayan political family, was also keen to make the move despite his family’s protests, Expressen reports.

In order to ensure that he would be allowed to stay in the country, the businesswoman supplied Swedish authorities with false information, suggesting that the boy came from an impoverished background.

Once he had moved to Sweden, the boy shared a bedroom with the director’s two children.

She initially paid for his upkeep but in time she began receiving money from the state to take care of him.

In 2003, the director resumed her sexual relationship with the boy. Their daughter was born in January 2004, when the boy was 14.

The story first came to light when the boy became intoxicated and described his relationship with the older woman to the mother of a girl his own age, who reported the matter to the police.

The boy, who is now 18, has said that he and the director intend getting married. Proclaiming his love for the older woman, he said he wanted them to raise their child together.

The appeals court ruled that the boy’s age and the fact that he was in the woman’s care meant that she had committed punishable offences. But since the boy had given his consent, the crimes were not deemed to warrant a longer sentence.

The public prosecutor had called for a considerably longer jail term for aggravated sexual abuse and child rape.

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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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