Swede’s suspected murderer a known sex offender

The suspected killer of a Swedish teenager whose partly charred body was found in a wood outside Paris is a repeat sex offender, sources close to the investigation said on Saturday.

Swede's suspected murderer a known sex offender

The 51-year-old suspect, who was arrested on Friday, has previously spent some 20 years in prison for violent acts, rape and sexual attacks sometimes coupled with kidnapping, they said.

His first brush with the law was at 15 for armed robbery. He was then subsequently convicted for raping and kidnapping a young woman. He raped two others — a 21-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, the father of the Swedish woman who was murdered in Paris last week said Saturday he and his family were relieved by the arrest of a suspect in the killing, the Swedish tabloid Expressen reported.

“It’s a relief,” he said, adding: “We’re trying hard to get through this.”

The victim, identified as Susanna Zetterberg, was found in a forest in Chantilly, north of the capital, on April 19 with four bullets in the head.

She was handcuffed, had also been knifed, and her body was partly charred.

She had gone missing on her way home from a Paris nightclub just hours earlier.

The victim had gone to a nightclub and after taking a taxi at 4am sent a text message to a friend saying the driver “doesn’t look nice.”

The suspect, a man who posed as a taxi driver, was arrested in a western suburb of the capital on Friday, a police official said, and his Paris flat was searched for four hours.

He was spotted getting rid of potential evidence in Paris’ famed Bois de Boulogne, a sprawling park, before his arrest.

Sources close to the investigation said the man’s vehicle was being minutely examined on Saturday for possible clues, including DNA traces.

Another young Swedish woman was recently raped by a fake Paris driver after she left a city nightclub. She was left in a western Paris suburb.

In France, the brutal murder has been a top news story.

The murder comes just weeks after Sweden experienced an outpouring of grief over the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl who had been missing for a week, a story which continues to make headlines.


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.” 

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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.