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CRIME

Man detained for triple-stabbing

A 32-year-old man from Motala in central Sweden has been remanded in custody on three counts of attempted murder after stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her mother, and her mother’s friend on Saturday.

All three victims escaped without life-threatening injuries from the ordeal, which came about following a quarrel between the 32-year-old and his ex-girlfriend over the couple’s children, reports the Motala Tidning newspaper.

The suspect claims to have no recollection of the incident.

“He says that he can neither admit nor deny it. He has no memory of the matter due to the consumption of alcohol,” prosecutor Wilhelm Storck told the newspaper.

On Saturday, the man went looking for his ex-girlfriend, who was staying with her mother, following a dispute the two had about their children.

After the woman’s mother denied the 32-year-old entry, he left only to return later with a large kitchen knife.

When the mother opened the door, he stabbed her in the chest and arm.

He also injured his former lover and a third woman at the house who tried to stop the attack.

The 32-year-old was arrested a few hours later with a knife in his pocket, although it remains unclear whether it was the same knife used in the attack.

POLITICS

Swedish KD leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish KD leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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