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Prison sentence following laundry room rape of teen

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for three separate sexual assaults, including the rape of a 14-year-old girl in his building's laundry room.

On one occasion, the man raped a 15-year-old girl after promising her free liquor if she came to his apartment in the Stockholm suburb of Täby.

A second victim, aged 14, came to the man’s apartment expecting to pick up alcohol and cigarettes that he had purchased on her behalf.

When she arrived, the man forced her into a bathroom in the building’s laundry room and raped her.

“I’m going to make sure you also make it to heaven,” the man said before the attack, according to the newspaper Aftonbladet.

The man was also sentenced for the attempted rape of another 14-year-old he had molested following a party.

The 20-year-old denies the charges.

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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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