Detention hearing for teen murder suspects

Prosecutors want a Stockholm-area court to have two 16-year-olds suspected in the weekend murder of a teenage girl in Stureby south of the city remanded in custody.

Public prosecutor Karolina Lindekrantz wants the Södertörns District Court to order the boy held on suspicion of murder and the girl held on suspicions of incitement with an alternative charge of complicity to commit murder.

“The suspicions against them have grown stronger following an interrogation with the 16-year-old boy last night,” Lindekrantz told the TT news agency.

If the court issues a remand order for the two teens, they will be moved from their holding cell in Västberga south of Stockholm to a detention centre in Flemingsberg.

“Assuming women can be held there, otherwise it will be Kronoberg [detention centre],” said Lindekrantz.

The prosecutor admitted that the two 16-year-olds are rather young to be detained.

“Normally you can let suspects this young be taken in custody according to LVU,” said Lindekrantz, refering to the abbreviation used for Sweden’s law on care of young people ( Lagen om vård av unga).

“But in this case that type of solution doesn’t offer sufficient restrictions.”

A group of police from Stockholm’s southern district continue to interview a number of young people who were present near the festival grounds where the badly injured body of the 16-year-old girl was found on Sunday morning.

Lindekrantz said the boy was cooperative during his interrogation but she wouldn’t say whether or not he had confessed.

When asked to confirm reports that the boy claims to be innocent, the suspected 16-year-old’s new attorney, Claes Borgström, refused to comment.

“It could be interpreted that way,” Borgström told TT.

The teenage victim was attending a party near where she was found by two friends shortly before 1am on Sunday morning.

Seriously wounded at the time, the girl was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

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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.