Court awards compensation for stolen drug money

Sweden’s highest court has ruled that a drug dealer robbed of the proceeds from his illicit activities has the right to compensation from the state.

Court awards compensation for stolen drug money

Thieves broke into the home of the 44-year-old man from Borås in western Sweden and stole 140,000 kronor ($21,900) – money the man had earned from selling drugs, reports the Borås Tidning newspaper.

But according to the Supreme Court (HD), the fact that the money came from criminal activities, including the sale of heroin, didn’t make a difference.

The cash had been stored in a bag which the thieves took during a robbery of the man’s apartment in December 2004.

The robbers were later convicted for grand theft, while the 44-year-old was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and deportation for serious narcotics crimes.


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.