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.


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.