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Double murder suspect remanded in custody

Screams were heard from a courtroom in Växjö in southern Sweden on Tuesday as a 34-year-old woman was remanded in custody in connection with the Easter weekend murders of two men in Växjö in southern Sweden.

Double murder suspect remanded in custody

“Her psychological condition has deteriorated since she was arrested,” prosecutor Anna-Karin von Schoultz told Aftonbladet.

A medical examination on Tuesday afternoon will determine if the suspect can continue to be held in custody or whether she should be transferred to a local hospital.

The woman is believed to have known a 41-year-old man murdered on Sunday but had no apparent connection to a 70-year-old victim. Her DNA is also to be tested in connection with a five-year-old murder case in Gothenburg.

Police on Monday confirmed that the woman knew the 41-year-old.

“They knew each other, but I don’t want to go into how close they were acquainted, and we don’t really know anyway,” Stefan Karlsson at Växjö police told journalists on Monday.

Police have as yet been unable to establish a connection between the woman and the murdered 70-year-old and no motive has been established.

The 70-year-old man was found on the third floor of the apartment block outside the door to his home, with stab wounds to the body.

“He managed to call the ambulance himself,” Stefan Karlsson said.

The man was rushed to Växjö hospital where they immediately operated on him, but could not save his life.

“The police could not interview the man before the operation due to his injuries,” Stefan Karlsson said.

Police confirmed that the female suspect is not registered at the apartment where the 41-year-old man was found dead on Sunday. But according to the Aftonbladet tabloid, her name is on the door, although no one in the building was able to confirm having seen her.

The 70-year-old was found around 90 minutes later.

The woman is reported to have told passengers on a local Växjö bus that she had murdered two people, a story that she has not repeated to police in interviews.

“During the interrogation, she elected to decline to answer any of the officers’ questions,” said Stefan Karlsson.

According to Karlsson, the woman is not feeling well and has given a very confused impression.

Police are now hopeful that a five-year-old murder in Gothenburg will also now be solved.

A female store assistant was stabbed to death in a sewing shop in Gothenburg city centre at closing time on a Thursday in October 2005. Witnesses have described a mysterious woman in pink trousers and dark jacket, but police have been unable to locate her and no other tips have been received.

Traces of the unknown woman’s DNA were however found at the crime scene and police in Växjö and Gothenburg are now waiting to see if there is a match between the crimes.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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