Man admits to rail station knife attack

A 22-year-old man has admitted to stabbing a 20-year-old woman at a rail station in Hallstahammar in central Sweden on Thursday afternoon.

The woman was outside near the train station when she was suddenly attacked by an unknown assailant armed with a large kitchen knife.

The man stabbed her several times, including three times in the back, before she collapsed. She then fell down on the train tracks.

The woman was taken to the central hospital in nearby Västerås with serious, but not life threatening wounds.

“The only thing she said was that she’d never seen this man before,” said Västmanland police spokesperson Per Strömbäck to the TT news agency.

Police subsequently launched a large-scale operation to find the woman’s attacker.

Later Thursday evening police reported the arrest of a 22-year-old man at the suspects home in Hallstahammar on suspicions of attempted murder.

Police also found the knife in some bushes about 20 metres from where the woman was attacked.

During questioning by police, the 22-year-old admitted to stabbing the woman.

“The confession came during an interrogation. He can’t provide any motive for the attack. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Strömbäck.

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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