Woman sentenced for false rape accusation

A woman was convicted in Södertörn District Court on Thursday for a falsely accusing a man of raping her.

The woman was sentenced to probation and psychiatric care. She must also pay 52,000 kronor ($8700) in damages to the man she accused of raping and threatening her.

The incident occurred in July of 2006 in Haninge, south of Stockholm. The woman called police and claimed that a man had locked her in an apartment, threatened her with a gun, and raped her several times.

Police sent 14 patrol cars and a few hours later arrested a man who willingly opened the door.

The 37-year-old woman was taken to hospital, but a medical examination revealed no signs that she’d been raped.

A closer investigation later revealed that the man had asked her to leave, that she wasn’t locked in as she had previously claimed, and that no sexual crime had been committed.

The whole incident had been fabricated and a year later the woman was indicted.

It’s extremely unusual for women to be convicted of bearing false witness in cases of rape. But in this case the evidence was so strong that the prosecutor decided to proceed with an indictment.

The woman has been previously convicted for smaller crimes and suffers from psychological problems with self-destructive tendencies.


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