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Convict kills wife while on temporary release

A man in his seventies who was on temporary release court ordered psychiatric care has been arrested after confessing to killing his wife in a suburb north of Stockholm.

The man arrived at the Täby police station on Thursday morning and told officers he had killed his wife, the Expressen newspaper reports.

Officers were dispatched to the couple’s home, where the woman’s body was found.

According to police, the woman was killed from a violent blow or blows from a foreign object.

The man who confessed to the killing had been convicted in 2007 for the attempted murder of his wife and sentenced to court ordered psychiatric care.

The man was serving his sentence at the Löwenströmska mental health facility and was away on temporary release when the killing took place.

“What’s happened is just awful,” said Löwenströmska’s head doctor Kaj Forslund told the TV4 news website nyhetskanalen.se.

He added that he plans to investigate whether or not it was appropriate to grant the man’s leave request.

Despite his attempt to kill his wife in February 2007, the man did not have a restraining order barring him from visiting his wife.

The exact motive for the killing remains unclear, and police say there are no signs that the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the killing.

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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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