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Teen convicted for killing 16-year-old girl

A 17-year-old boy is to serve three years in secure juvenile care after being convicted for the murder of a teenage girl near Borås in western Sweden last summer.

Teen convicted for killing 16-year-old girl

Prosecutors had argued that the teen should be sentenced to four years of juvenile care, the maximum sentence allowable, as the boy was only 16 years old at the time of the killing.

The murder took place in early August following a party at a house outside Borås. Under the influence of hashish and alcohol, the then 16-year-old boy was barred from attending the party when he tried to gain entry.

Later that night he ended up at a bus stop with the girl, who proceeded to say something condescending about the boy, according to his version of events.

He then hit her in the face and raped her before dragging her to a stream and throwing her in.

The girl ended up face down in the water, where she died from drowning and asphyxiation.

The district court in Borås also convicted the 17-year-old for aggravated rape and drugs offences.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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