Suspect’s friend: ‘There was no baby’

A friend of child murder suspect Christine Schürrer testified on Monday that he did not believe the 32-year-old German woman had given birth to a child last September as she has claimed.

Schürrer’s friend said he was first introduced to the suspect in spring of last year. The pair continued to meet up sporadically during the summer.

Testifying in court on the seventh day of the trial, Schürrer’s friend said he had no recollection of the alleged pregnancy, which has also been called into question by a number of other witnesses. He said he did not believe she was close to giving birth to a child at this stage last year.

“I doubt it because as far as I remember she wasn’t pregnant. If she gave birth to the child in September it would have been visible,” said Schürrer’s friend when questioned by prosecutor Johan Fahlander.

The suspect claims that she had a child fathered by her ex-boyfriend Torgny Hellberg.

It was Hellberg who discovered the bloodied bodies of his girlfriend Emma Jangestig and her two toddlers, Saga and Max, on the floor of the home they shared in Arboga in March of this year.

Several months after their break up, Schürrer sent a letter to Hellberg explaining that she had given birth to his child and given it up for adoption.

Schürrer’s friend also called into question another aspect of her testimony. He said he was not aware that she had a special interest in Swedish history and had never spoken of visiting ancient Swedish monuments, which Schürrer has said was her reason for visiting Arboga on the day of the murders.

“The topics we spoke mostly about were football and music,” he told the court.

On March 17th, the day of the murders, Schürrer borrowed 1,000 kronor ($156) from her friend. She picked up the money from his place of work but did not say that she planned travelling to Arboga.

Earlier on Monday, a number of Emma Jangestig’s neighbours testified that they had seen a person behaving strangely outside her house and on her driveway on the day of the attacks. The person in question was wearing a large hood and has not been identified by any of the witnesses as Christine Schürrer.

The trial is set to continue in Tuesday when more of Schürrer’s friends will be called as witnesses.


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.