19-year-old gets ten years for Mora murder

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years for the murder of a 15-year-old girl in Mora last March.

Mora District Court sentenced the man on Thursday and described his crime as “bestial and senseless”.

The man got to know his victim over the internet last winter. Telephone records indicate that the man and the girl had contact on several occasions up to and during the day of the murder.

They agreed to meet on the evening of February 15th. The man picked up the girl in his car not far from where she lived. He drove to a local building site with the intention of having sex with her.

However, things got out of control on the way. The man got the girl in a stranglehold and then killed her by smashing a stone to her head.

The man confessed to the teenager’s murder early on in the investigation.

The 19-year-old has also been ordered to pay 300,000 kronor ($49,400) in damages to the victim’s family.


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.