Man admits murder of Borås teenager

A 16-year-old girl was found dead in Sparsör on the outskirts of Borås in western Sweden on Sunday afternoon.

Man admits murder of Borås teenager

A man was later detained and taken into custody for questioning on suspicion of the girl’s murder. He later confessed to the killing.

The girl was at a party on Friday evening when she decided at around 2am that it was time to get the bus home.

She was accompanied by two friends to the bus stop. The girl then waited for the bus while her friends later returned to the party.

The alarm was sounded by the teenager’s parents who realized on Saturday morning that their daughter had not returned home.

“Her dad was here and searched for her on Saturday and we have been constantly trying to call her,” her friends told local newspaper Borås Tidning.

The teenager was found at 2pm on Sunday in woodland near a path in the small community of Sparsör.

By late Sunday several of the dead girl’s friends had lain bouquets of flowers near where she was found.

It remains unclear as to the circumstances of the girl’s death. Witnesses have submitted reports of a suspicious person lurking by a bus stop and the vicinity has been cordoned off for forensic examination.

Police confirmed later on Sunday that they had arrested a man in connection with the murder. During police questioning the man admitted to the killing.

Police have declined to confirm if the man had any relation to the girl.

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Swedish terror attacker sentenced to psychiatric care

A court has sentenced the far-right extremist Theodor Engström to psychiatric care for the knife attack he carried out at the Almedalen political festival this summer.

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to psychiatric care

The Gotland district court found the 33-year-old Engström guilty of murdering the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren, but did not agree that the murder counted as a terror attack.

It did find him guilty, however, of “planning a terror attack”, for his preparations to murder the Centre Party’s leader, Annie Lööf. 

“The murdered woman had a significant role [in society], a murder is always serious, and this had consequences both for Almedalen Week and for society more broadly,” the judge Per Sundberg, said at a press conference. 

The judge Per Sundberg announces the sentence on Theodor Engström on December 6th. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

But he said that the court judged that Sweden’s terror legislation was too restrictively drafted for her murder to count as a terror offence. 

“Despite Ing-Marie Wieselgren’s well-attested position within psychiatry, the court considers that her position as national coordinator at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions is not such that her murder can in itself be considered to have damaged Sweden. The act cannot as a result be classified as a terrorist crime on those grounds.” 

The court ruled that Engström’s crimes deserved Sweden’s most severe sentence, a life sentence in prison, but found that due to his disturbed mental state he should instead receive “psychiatric care with a special test for release”. 

In its judgement, the court said that an examination by forensic psychiatrists had found both that there were “medical reasons” why Engström should be transferred into a closed psychiatric facility and that “his insight into the meaning of his actions and his ability to adjust his actions according to such insight were at the very least severely diminished”. 

It said that under Swedish law, a court could send someone to prison who was in need of psychiatric care only if there were “special reasons” to do so. 

“The court considers that it has not been shown that Theodor Engström’s need of psychiatric care is so limited that there is a special reason for a prison sentence,” it ruled. 

Lööf wrote on Instagram that the judgement was “a relief”. 

“For me personally, it was a relief when the judgement came,” she wrote. “Engström has also been judged guilty of ‘preparation for a terror attack through preparation for murder’. This means that the the court is taking the threat towards democracy and towards politicians as extremely serious.”

The fact that the court has decided that Engström’s care should have a “special test for release” means that he cannot be discharged from the closed psychiatric hospital or ward where he is treated without a court decision. 

The court must rule both that the mental disorder that led to the crime has abated to the extent that there is no risk of further crimes, and that he has no other mental disorders that might require compulsory psychiatric care. The care has to be reassessed every six months.