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Two bodies found in trunk of burning car

Two dead bodies have been found in the trunk of a burned out car near Getinge between Halmstad and Falkenberg in western Sweden, prompting police to launch a murder investigation.

Two bodies found in trunk of burning car

Shortly after 11pm on Wednesday night, emergency crews received a call about a car on fire on a bridge over the E6 motorway near Getinge.

The fire was intense, catching the attention of motorists passing by below on the E6.

Police initially reported that one person had been found in the trunk, but on Thursday morning police confirmed media reports that an additional body had been found in the wreckage.

The car was a red Volvo S60, but police are refusing to say if they know to whom the car was registered or whether they had contacted the owner.

According to the Svergies Radio’s local affiliate in Halland, one of the victims was a man, while the gender of the second victim remains unknown.

Police have released a statement requesting any eyewitnesses to come forward with information about the fire, which broke out shortly after 11pm on Wednesday night.

“The information we’re looking for includes sightings at the time of the fire or just before,” police spokesperson Caroline Bjerlestam told the TT news agency.

When emergency services had extinguished the flames they discovered the first body in the boot of the car.

“Because the person was found in the luggage trunk we can’t rule out that a serious crime has been committed,” lead investigator Håkan Andersson told the Kvällsposten newspaper.

“In order to not miss anything in the early stages of the investigation, we’ve launched a preliminary investigation into murder.”

The area has been blocked off and a forensic investigation was carried out. Later during the night, the charred remains of the car were moved to Halmstad to allow for a more thorough examination.

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Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

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

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced 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. 

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