Arboga murders suspect remanded into custody

The German woman suspected in connection with the Arboga child murders in March was remanded to remain in custody in Västerås on Saturday. The woman is also being held on suspicion of the attempted murder of the children's mother.

The 31-year-old woman appeared impassive when she heard the prosecutor read out the charges in the case: murder of the two children and attempted murder of their 23-year-old mother.

After the 20 minute hearing the district prosecutor, Frieda Gummesson, was unwilling to comment on the body of evidence in the investigation.

Gummesson said only that she was happy with the remand hearing and the decision and left the district court in Västerås without further delay.

The 31-year-old woman’s lawyer, Per-Ingvar Ekblad, took the time to talk to the assembled media but said little to shed any light on the ongoing investigation. Ekblad plans to submit an appeal against the remand decision on Monday on behalf of his client.

“I do not think that the information presented in the remand hearing is sufficient to hold someone on probable cause. I am therefore going to appeal the decision to the court of appeal on Monday.”

Ekblad maintained that the prosecutors case was based on circumstantial evidence.

During the remand hearing the 31-year-old woman sat still with her hands folded in her knee. She confirmed to the court that she could understand Swedish but requested that the court proceedings be translated in to German by an interpreter.

The remand hearing in Västerås on Saturday was the fifth involving the woman since the murders on March 17th but the first in which she has been present.


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.