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Murdered Engla’s final farewell on TV

The burial of murdered 10-year old Engla Juncosa Höglund took place on Saturday and was broadcast on Swedish Television.

Murdered Engla’s final farewell on TV

Around 200 people including family, friends and schoolmates gathered at Sjärnsund church, in central Sweden. A further 70 people or so watched the funeral on screens outside the churchyard. The SVT broadcast has been the subject of much controversy, with many opinion makers voicing their outright disgust for making such a personal event into a public one.

For many of Engla’s schoolmates, Saturday’s funeral was part of coming to terms with her brutal and untimely death. Eva Larsson, head of Engla’s school in Sjärnsund told TT that the funeral was an important step in the healing process for them.

Engla was brutally murdered on the first weekend of April, cycling on her way home from a football match. Truck driver Anders Eklund, who has admitted to her killing, is in custody and awaiting trial.

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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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