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Man arrested after attacking victim with axe

A 50-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning after attacking a man with an axe in the back of the head in central Örebro.

The 56-year-old victim was found bleeding outside a pub at 2:30 am and was taken to hospital. According to police, the victim appears to have no life-threatening injuries.

The attack occurred in the city’s Stortorget. The injured man managed to get himself to a nearby bar, where bouncers found him bleeding.

“He was conscious and speaking, so it is not life-threatening. However, he had a gash in the back of the head,” said Kenneth Johannesson of Örebro police.

The victim was able to identify the attacker, a 50-year-old man police later arrested in an apartment. The man is now suspected of attempted murder, or aggravated assault, and obstruction of justice.

“They have been at loggerheads since a previous incident. There will be a trial about an old brawl this week, in which the same person beat up the other,” Johannesson said.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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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