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Juvenile care for teen girlfriend murder

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced on Tuesday to three years juvenile detention for the murder of his girlfriend who was the same age.

Västerås district court in a ruling in June established that the evidence indicated the boy’s guilt but instructed the teenager to undergo a psychological examination in order to assist in sentencing.

The examination showed that the boy does not suffer from any serious psychological disorder.

The boy had denied murder but confessed to the alternate charges of aggravated assault and manslaughter.

The 16-year-old believed in the spring that his girlfriend was pregnant and when she refused to have an abortion he became enraged.

He set up a meeting with the girl in woodland in the Råbyskogen area of Västerås to discuss the pregnancy and the couple fell out during their discussion. The boy claims that he took a stranglehold of the girl and pushed her but does not remember anything else.

According to the court the girl was subjected to aggravated violence and the court argued that the boy displayed indifference to the consequences of his actions. He was deemed to have intended to kill the girl through aggravated force against the girl’s throat, head and upper body.

The court found no mitigating circumstances in the case and classified the case as murder. The court has however taken the boy’s age into account when passing sentence; had he been a few years older the sentence would have longer, the court said.

The maximum sentence for juvenile detention is four years in Sweden.

The teenager was also convicted of having forced a 13-year-old boy to hand over a computer and for unlawful threats when he warned the boy not to report the theft to the police.

The boy has also been ordered to pay 210,000 kronor ($30,000) in damages to the girl’s family.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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