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Double murder suspect 'not mentally ill'

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Double murder suspect 'not mentally ill'
10:05 CEST+02:00
Forensic psychiatrists have ruled that Anders Eklund, the 42-year-old truck driver who has confessed to the murder of 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund, was not mentally ill when the crime was committed.

The National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) also ascertained that the suspect's mental health had not deteriorated since the time of the murder. Eklund was not in need of psychiatric care, the board said.

"As I see it, the only alternatives now are a long fixed jail term or life imprisonment," said Eklund's lawyer Leif Silbersky.

Another option would be to appeal the board's decision to the National Board of Health and Welfare's legal division, said Silbersky, adding that he would now take a few days to weigh up all the possibilities.

Anders Eklund confessed in mid-April to killing Engla Juncosa Höglund and hiding her body.

During questioning he also admitted to the murder of 31-year-old Pernilla Hellgren in Falun in 2000.

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