Bouncer remanded in custody for Gamla Stan shooting

The 41-year-old bouncer suspected of having shot a couple in Gamla Stan in central Stockholm last Tuesday was remanded in custody on Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder.

Formal charged are expected to be filed against the man, who investigators believe may have been hired by the male victim’s ex-wife, by May 7th.

Police inspector Patrik Lilqvist, who is leading the investigation, thinks too much sensitive information has already been leaked from the investigation. As a result, Lilqvist is refusing to comment further on the case.

“We’re keeping it to ourselves,” he told the TT news agency.

Although the 41-year-old remains in detention, police and prosecutors are continuing their investigation on several fronts, said Lilqvist.

During the remand hearing, which took place at 2pm on Sunday, the 41-year-old contested the detention order. Defence attorney Peter Lindkvist claimed his client didn’t have anything to do with the case.

The court then grant a request by prosecutors that the remainder of the session continue behind closed doors.

The attack took place outside the Storkyrka School in Stockholm’s Old Town around 5.30pm on Tuesday.

The victims, a man and a woman both in their thirties, were hit be several bullets and remain at Karolinska University Hospital in stable condition.

The injured man’s ex-wife, a woman in her forties, was arrested shortly after the attack on suspicions that she hired a gunman to kill her former husband and his new girlfriend.

She too has denied any involvement in the attack.

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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