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Gang of four arrested for Västerås knife murder

Four men have been arrested by police on suspicion of involvement in the knife murder of a 32-year-old man in Västerås in southern Sweden on Sunday morning.

Police arrested the gang of four men in streets near to the scene of the stabbing just after 4am on Sunday.

The 32-year-old victim was rushed to Västerås hospital with serious stab wounds in the early hours of Sunday.

The hospital confirmed to police that the man had died from his wounds at 6.08am on Sunday.

Police confirm that significant uncertainty remains around the nature and motives of the murder on Sunday morning. Two of the suspects were reported to have themselves sustained injuries in the attack.

“One was injured in the hand and one in the foot. It could be a question of a tumult outside a party,” said Anders Helin at Västmanland police to local newspaper VLT.

The murder weapon had not yet been recovered by Sunday morning.

The four suspects, who are aged between 18 and 20-years-old, will be interrogated during Sunday.

The murder occurred in Bäckby, a residential area in the western suburbs of Västerås.

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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. 

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