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Woman ‘murdered mother with a dog leash’

A 33-year-old woman from southern Sweden has been charged with murdering her mother and another woman.

Both murders took place during the winter in Värnamo, 170km south-east of Gothenburg. In the first killing, a woman was found dead in December, having been strangled with a piece of wire.

The woman’s mother was killed in February. The murderer had killed her using plastic bags and a dog leash, which she used to strangle her.

The accused woman denies both murders and told police she cannot explain why her mother died. During questioning she repeatedly told police that she was not her mother’s murderer, according to documents released by Jönköping District Court on Wednesday.

“My mother was my security in life,” the woman told police.

The accused woman was found in a ‘poor state’ following the discovery of the mother’s murder. She fell asleep twice during her first interrogation. She told police that she found her mother sitting on the toilet. She later told them that her mother was tied up and gave other details, but was unable to give an explanation of the circumstances of the death.

The other murder had originally been classified as suicide, but the case was reopened when police noticed similarities with the other death. However, the original post-mortem investigation discovered no indication that the death was suspicious.

The motive for the first killing is unclear, but police say that the suspect used to ask the dead woman to sell her prescription drugs, something that made her feel threatened.

It is rare for a woman to murder two other women. To try to disguise the murders as suicide makes the case particularly unusual.

“I believe that this is unique even internationally,” said Johan Frisk, the police inspector in charge of the investigation.

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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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