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Octogenarian charged in fatal axing

An 81-year-old Swedish man was charged on Wednesday with murder for killing his girlfriend with an axe because she refused to speak with him.

During questioning with police, the man explained that he and his 67-year-old girlfriend had been in a dispute over “something trivial” and hadn’t been speaking to one another for six months, the Norrtelje Tidning newspaper reports.

“Yeah, we haven’t been speaking to one another. It’s a small thing but I’m stubborn and she’s even worse,” the man told police during questioning.

On the morning of May 11th, however, the 81-year-old tried to speak with his girlfriend of nearly 20-years at the kitchen table, but the 67-year-old refused to respond.

The man then fetched an axe and hit the woman on the head.

He then washed off the axe, placed it back in his garage, and called emergency services.

His girlfriend later died from her injuries.

The 81-year-old has confessed to the crime and is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation which is expected to be completed on Friday.

The man’s trial is set to start next Tuesday.

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Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”

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