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Boy suspected of brutal murder of 81-year-old man

A 16-year-old boy has been indicted for the December murder of an 81-year-old man in southern Sweden.

The boy was arrested on December 27th, the evening after the 81-year-old’s body was found in a lake near his home in a small community south of Sävsjö.

The 16-year-old stands accused of beating his victim repeatedly over the head with a rock before pushing his body into a lake outside the 81-year-old’s house.

The boy has admitted to the attack but denies that he intended to kill the man.

On Christmas Day, he said, he came into possession of the keys to the 81-year-old’s car, which he planned to steal.

The next evening, the boy was spotted by the elderly man as he made his way towards the 81-year-old’s vehicle. The man accused him of taking his car keys and threatened to call the police.

“The suspect then decided to run after the man and push him over. He found a rock, with which he dealt the man several blows to the head,” said police spokesman Christer Edlund.

After the attack, the boy dragged his victim to the water’s edge and splashed water in his face. When he did not detect a reaction, the boy shoved the 81-year-old into the water.

That evening, concerned members of the 81-year-old’s family contacted police to report his disappearance. When the news spread that the man was missing, the 16-year-old boy joined the search party.

The man’s body was found under a jetty at around 1am the next morning. The following day, the boy was taken in for questioning after his name was mentioned by several witnesses.

HEALTH

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 

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