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21-year-old confesses to Halmstad killing

Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has confessed to the killing of a 73-year-old woman found dead in a woodland area outside Halmstad on Saturday, according to the officer in charge of the murder investigation, Lars Hamrén.

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.

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

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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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