Man arrested following Karlstad killing

Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Wednesday night in connection with the murder of a man in shopping centre parking lot in Karlstad in central Sweden earlier in the evening.

The man under arrest has no prior record and police are still searching for a motive for the killing.

The man was arrested near the Bergvik shopping centre parking lot on suspicions of murder, reports the Nya Wermlands-Tidningen newspaper.

Police received a call about the murder around 7pm and made it to the scene before an ambulance arrived.

They found a man unconscious with serious wounds to his stomach. He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

The victim was found lying outside a building supply store.

The shopping centre was not yet closed for the day and there were customers in the area at the time of the attack.

“We’ve spoken with a number of witnesses to the incident, but it seems as if there were very few people nearby,” said Värmland police spokesperson Sören Lövengärd.

There had been initial reports that a knife had been found, but Lövengärd told the newspaper that he didn’t know whether the knife was used in the killing.

According to Lövengärd, the stabbing most likely didn’t occur where the man was found. There are traces of blood on the edge of the parking lot and in a nearby bus shelter an abandoned bag was discovered which may a connection to the dead man.


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