Police: ‘Murdered woman met suspected killer over the internet’

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 22-year-old woman found dead in an apartment in Hjo in western Sweden on Friday afternoon. Police report that the couple met over the internet.

“The woman has been subjected to serious violence,” said Lars Johansson at Skövde police to news agency TT.

The woman was found by a relative. Her three-year-old daughter was in the apartment when police arrived at the apartment.

The 25-year-old man held on suspicion of murder is already known to the police. He is a resident of a town in Västra Götaland county in western Sweden.

“We know that there is a link between the man and the dead woman. They have been in contact over the internet. We are working on a theory that explains the motive of the crime, but I do not want to go in to specifics,” Johansson said.

The police investigation continues on Saturday. The woman’s apartment was examined by police technicians on Saturday morning and the police confirmed plans to interview several more people during the course of the weekend.

The 22-year-old victim is not previously known to the police.

Her three-year-old daughter is now in the care of relatives.


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.