New arrest in Tobago double murder case

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a Swedish couple on the southern Caribbean island of Tobago. Two men now remain in police custody on suspicion of the killings.

A pair of rubber boots found at the scene are reported to be of help to police investigating the murders of 62-year-old Anna Sundsvall and 73-year-old Åke Alsoon at their holiday home in the Bon Accord area of west Tobago on Thursday morning.

Police believe that the boots were worn by the murderer and could be a valuable clue in the investigation.

“Forensics are working with the issue as we speak,” said Crown Point police officer Fitzroy Frederick to news agency TT.

The relationship of the 28-year-old suspect to the 32-year-old man arrested on Saturday is not clear, neither is his connection to the Swedish couple. Both men deny the allegations against them.

Police are working to establish a connection between the rubber boots to the arrested men and Frederick is optimistic that the murder case can be resolved.

Police were able to arrest the 32-year-old with the help of witness testimony and a sketch artist.

He has been interrogated by police but has made no admission of guilt.

Police are continuing the investigation with the DNA testing and evaluation of evidence recovered at the murder scene.

“We have made some progress in the case,” Frederick said late on Saturday evening.

Among other things police have set up a hot line and several potential witnesses have been in touch.

Anna Sundsvall and Åke Alsoon were found brutally murdered at their holiday home on Thursday morning.

The couple had bought the home four years ago and according to local police divided their time between Sweden and Tobago. The house lies on the south-western tip of the island of Tobago in the picturesque area of Bon Accord.

The alarm was sounded by a security guard patrolling the area when she heard screams.

Police arrived at the scene with emergency staff and found Sundsvall already dead. Alsoon was barely alive and was rushed to Scarborough Regional Hospital where he later died.

The circumstances indicate that the murders occurred in connection with a burglary. A safe was found bust open in the couple’s house.

According to the newspaper Trinidad & Tobago Express, 420 people have now been murdered in the country so far this this year, four of whom on the island of Tobago.


Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.