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21-year-old confesses to Halmstad killing

TT/The Local · 3 Jun 2010, 12:11

Published: 03 Jun 2010 11:20 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Jun 2010 12:11 GMT+02:00

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Superintendent Lars Hamrén confirmed that the man was collected from his home shortly after 11pm on Wednesday evening and was detained on suspicion of murder shortly before midnight.

Hamrén confirmed that a tip from the public had led the investigation to the man, who has no prior criminal record but has figured previously in the murder investigation.

"Although we had no name then," Hamrén said at a press conference at Halmstad police station on Thursday. He was accompanied by Ove Bärgman.

The woman’s body was found by two people out picking flowers in the woods near Kistinge industrial zone south of Halmstad. Police believe the woman was killed around lunch time on Saturday.

Lars Hamrén said on Saturday that it was believed that the woman had been killed at the spot where her body was found but declined to comment on the nature of her injuries or the likely cause of death.

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"We believe the woman had cycled to the woods to pick flowers when this happened to her," he said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:20 June 3, 2010 by bbeynch
The fact that the Local opened up this story to comment already leads to certain speculations. I have no idea what this is all about, but it is impossible not to wonder what hides behind it, and what may surface in other forums. Will be interesting to follow. Right now we only have half-truths and rumours. It is a great shame that few people trust media to report the whole story, and that usually many stories have been edited to portray a certain spin. Let's see what comes out of this one.
13:20 June 3, 2010 by Audrian
Behind most mental problems lie social ills that disfigure individuals' mental sanity such as to make them lash out in strange or cruel ways. You seldom see this with rich folks who have many layers of protection. A person born to a single mother without any familiy support or economic security can easily be loony. The child might left alone in house while the women works, probably two shifts to make ends meet. The child behave like adult from early on.

society should give adequate fiancial and physcological support to single mothers and save some of the money that is being wasted on prisons and mental hospitals. In the US the state spends between $25 and 30 thousand dollars per head per year to incarcerate people of humble background, who parents were low income earners and those unable to give their children a decent life.
16:02 June 3, 2010 by boby
I bet he is an Israeli.
16:52 June 3, 2010 by Bostonexpat
We'll see if he gets more than 22 months in prison ...
18:03 June 3, 2010 by Swedesmith
I bet he's not.
21:03 June 3, 2010 by wotist
I don't know how many month this guy will spend in jail, however; The car park killer was released today. The trial in Hovrätten hasn't taken place yet, but the fact that the court released him prior to his trial tends to be an indicator as to how the the court expects to rule in the case.
04:45 June 4, 2010 by here for the summer
@Audrian you have mixed many concepts without and science or knowledge. taking care of mentally ill people is an issue in all western countries. It used to be that mentally ill people could be committed by their relatives or by the state. This practice for reasons of expense and liberal interpretations of the rights of mentally ill people to live free despite their danger to themselves and others have given us this problem. Additionally the lack of after school programs in the west has been reduced.

I am quite sure that single parenthood and lack of both nuclear and extended family support contributes to crime but these are social problems driven partially by choice and the demise of value systems. It's also clear that genetics and culture affect crime rates. Extra money will not in itself solve these problems.
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