Teen girl kidnappers: ‘strip now or die’

Three Swedish teenage girls have been charged for kidnapping and stripping another 17-year-old girl who had once dated the ex-boyfriend of one of the kidnappers.

The victim was waiting at a bus stop in Malmö when a blue Mercedes pulled up next to her.

The three girls, aged 17, 18, and 19, then hopped out of the car and confronted the 17-year-old.

“We’re gonna go for a little ride,” said one of the kidnappers, according to the victim, the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper reports.

The girls then drove the teenager to a deserted stretch of road near Vellinge, about 20 kilometres south of Malmö.

“Now you’re going to take off all your clothes,” said one of the kidnappers, according to the Metro newspaper.

When the 17-year-old resisted, the trio of teens then threatened to kill her. They forced her to the ground and tore off the girl’s jacket and shirt before robbing her of jewelry and money.

One of the teen attackers photographed the entire incident and threatened to send the pictures to the 17-year-old’s boyfriend.

The motivation for snatching and threatening the 17-year-old victim stemmed from a love triangle involving the boyfriend, who had previously dated the youngest kidnapper.

The victim was also reportedly pregnant carrying his child at the time of the kidnapping.

After the violent robbery, the teens then forced the 17-year-old back in the car and returned to Malmö, threatening again to kill the girl if she went to the police.

But the victim did eventually seek help from the authorities, and during questioning by police, the 17-year-old kidnapper confessed to the crime and in so doing implicated her two accomplices.

The three teens have now been charged in district court with unlawful deprivation of liberty, making illegal threats, robbery, and interference in a judicial matter.

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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.