‘Escaped murderer planned getaway’

A 34-year-old convicted murderer who escaped from a psychiatric clinic in central Sweden on Sunday is believed to have bought a car a couple of days ago.

“An indication that the escape was planned,” according to Sören Sandell of Dalarna police.

The Säter clinic’s security coordinator Lillemor Lövström admitted that the details of the car purchase were news to her.

“But we can’t hinder anyone from buying a car. The inmates have access to mobile telephones and can in theory buy whatever they want – they own their money,” she said.

“Although we would advise against an inmate buying a car as they have no use of it while interned here,” she added.

Police have sounded a national alert and are describing the man, 34-year-old David Sjöblom, as “dangerous”.

The police have been inundated with assorted tips and information from the public but nothing had by Monday morning resulted in any concrete leads.

Sjöblom escaped from the grounds of the psychiatric clinic on Sunday during an hour’s unsupervised leave. He has been interned at the clinic for nine years.

He was convicted in 1997 for the murder of an elderly woman and has never before attempted to escape.

The clinic has informed the police of his likely whereabouts – details that Lillemor Lövström was unwilling to divulge to news agency TT.

It is the second time in the space of a month that a patient at the clinic has escaped.

A patient who left the grounds during an hour’s unsupervised leave at the end of July has not yet been found.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime