15-year-old remanded into custody for murder

A 15-year-old boy suspected of shooting to death a 19-year-old woman in Sjöbo in southern Sweden was remanded into custody on Friday afternoon. The woman was murdered at the beginning of August.

The Ystad district court found probable cause against the boy for murder.

“This time we won’t appeal. My client remains in custody in Malmö with restrictions,” defense attorney Jörgen Malmunger told TT.

The boy, who is related to the murdered woman, was remanded into custody for the first time by Ystad district court 14 days ago. The remand order was appealed, but the appeals court found sufficient evidence again the boy to keep him him custody.

The 15-year-old denies involvement and his lawyer has previously stated that there are reasonable explanations for the evidence against him.

Friday’s remand order is valid for two weeks, but the prosecutor has advised that it might take a month to conclude the preliminary investigation. Next week, Ystad district court is expected to receive the results of the boy’s psychological evaluation.

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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.