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CRIME

Man arrested for murder in Eskilstuna

A 45-year-old man was arrested Thursday night suspected of murdering a 29-year-old woman in Eskilstuna in central Sweden.

The man was examined by a doctor prior to questioning.

“The reason was to take a blood test and document his injuries, which can serve as important evidence regardless of whether he is set free or sentenced,” said Svante Melin of the Södermanland police department.

The man contacted police on his own initiative at 6.30 Thursday evening. He admitted that he had taken the life of a woman in an apartment, and a police patrol sent to the dwelling found a woman who had died from “external injuries”.

The 45-year-old man was apprehended and questioned throughout the evening following an examination by a doctor.

Afterwards the prosecutor on duty decided to remand the man to custody on suspicions of probable cause of murder, which is a higher degree of suspicion.

According to police, the woman lived in the apartment in which she was killed. The suspect is registered to an address in the next entryway.

“There is no information to suggest that he broke in or forced his way in,” said Melin.

Melin wasn’t willing to go into greater detail about how the woman died or about the relationship between the victim and the suspect.

The two had been neighbors earlier at a different address.

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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