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Murdered mum with dog leash, sentenced to life

A 33-year-old woman from Värnamo in western Sweden has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her mother and a friend in what has been described as a "bizarre killing".

The woman was previously freed by the district court of the killings, but the appeals court on Tuesday found her guilty despite the dissension of one of the appeals court judges.

Both murders took place during the winter in Värnamo, 170 km southeast 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 denied both murders and and after the first killing, the authorities were uncertain whether a crime had been committed at all, with suicide initially suspected.

However, this version of events was rejected by the legal advisory board of the Swedish Social Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen).

It was only when the second woman, the now-convicted woman’s mother, was found dead that suspicions of murder emerged as similarities were noted between the cases. The woman’s mother was found in such a way as to appear that she had committed suicide, but the bluff was exposed.

The accused later told the police that her mother was tied up and gave other details, but was unable to give an explanation of the circumstances of the death.

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

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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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