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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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