Knife murder linked to mobile phone row

A young man was stabbed to death in Gothenburg on Thursday night. Three men -- a father and his two sons -- have been arrested in connection with the attack, which took place on Marklandsgatan in the city's Högsbo district.

Knife murder linked to mobile phone row

There were a large number of witnesses to the incident and three men were arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police investigator Gerd Brantlid indicated that the three suspects — a 45-year-old man and his two sons (16, 19) — met with the victim to sort out a business deal involving a mobile phone.

“The row started over a mobile phone. It was no coincidence that they met on Marklandsgatan,” she said police.

The victim was stabbed on the street beside the busy Marklandsgatan tram stop shortly after 9pm.

Witnesses also reported that a shot was fired in connection with the attack.

“It’s not yet certain whether a shot was fired but we have retrieved a firearm and a knife from the scene,” said police spokesperson Sofia Spjut.

Several police units were sent to the scene of the crime, including a heavily armed riot squad.

Forty minutes after the alarm was sounded, riot police entered a nearby house after witnesses saw at least one person take refuge there.

Two men were arrested near the crime scene, police told news agency TT.

“We have a total of three people suspected of involvement. We also have eight people who are to be questioned as witnesses,” said spokesperson Anders Oxelbrand.


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.