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Police interview teen in pensioner death investigation

A 14-year-old boy is being questioned about the murder of a 70-year-old farmer outside of Eslöv in southern Sweden.

But police emphasize that the boy hasn’t been informed that he is suspect in the case.

“We have spoken with a 14-year-old about the information he is thought to have that is pertinent to the investigation,” said Skåne police spokesperson Lars Förstell to the TT news agency.

The Kvällsposten newsper reports that the boy was provided with legal counsel for the interview, but Förstell emphasized that the counsel doesn’t automatically have the role of a defence lawyer.

According to the paper, police suspect that it may children or young people may be responsible for the 70-year-old’s death, but police refuse to comment on the information.

The 70-year-old man was found bound and beaten on his farm in Kastberga outside of Eslöv in May.

The main theory has always been that people forced their way into the man’s home to steal money and that a fight broke out during which the 70-year-old was overpowered.

Evidence suggests that the man was alive when the perpetrators left the house and that he may have survived for several days before dying from a combination of his injuries, hunger, and a lack of water.

The immediate cause of death has not yet been determined.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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