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Sweden requests return of ’emaciated’ jailed socialite

Sweden has requested the repatriation of a 24-year-old woman jailed for four years in 2008 for plotting to kill witnesses in her boyfriend's drugs trial, as fears for her health mount.

Sweden-born Charlotte Lindström who prior to her conviction was a regular on the society pages of Sydney newspapers, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in jail in March 2008 after pleading guilty to charges of plotting to murder two witnesses in the drugs trial of her boyfriend Steven Spaliviero.

She was described by the trial judge Steven Rothman, as “emaciated” and “emotionally immature” and the defence counsel referred to psychological reports which said that Lindström suffered from anorexia.

Her health has deteriorated further while serving her sentence and doctors now fear that her life may be in danger, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sweden’s ambassador to Australia, Sven-Olof Petersson, has now appealed to local authorities to work for the transfer of Lindström so that she can be closer to her family and receive the care that she needs, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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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