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CRIME

Three men detained for Gothenburg murder

Three young men have been remanded into custody in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old male found dead last Sunday in the Gothenburg suburb of Änggården.

Three men detained for Gothenburg murder

According to the prosecutor the teenager was probably murdered at the scene.

The arrested men are a 23-year-old, on suspicion of murder, a 24-year-old, and a 17-year-old who are both suspected of complicity in the crime. All three deny involvement in the murder.

The two older men were also arrested on additional charges of robbery and attempted robbery.

Both deny the charges. The younger man has however admitted complicity to commit robbery.

Gothenburg district court on Friday remanded the three men into custody as it was feared that the suspects could destroy evidence if they were released. There was also a real risk that they would continue with their criminal activities, the court ruled.

The prosecutor has until December 19th to bring charges against the men.

The murdered teenager was found lying dead behind a barrier along the Carl Skottbergs gata in the Gothenburg suburb of Änggården on Sunday morning.

The man was found by a passer-by shortly after 9am.

Police technicians have examined the area around where the teenager’s body was found and concluded that it is most likely the scene of the attack and his murder.

HEALTH

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 

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