Swedish teen held for man’s fatal beating

A 15-year-old boy is being held by police in Eskilstuna in central Sweden on suspicion of beating a middle-aged man to death.

The man, who was in his fifties, died on around 6am Thursday morning after being assaulted around 8pm on Wednesday night, the local police said in a statement.

The 15-year-old boy suspected in the fatal beating was taken in for questioning later on Thursday morning and later placed under arrest on suspicion of assault and wrongful death.

Police are continuing their investigation by carrying out interviews with witnesses and attempting to gather more information about the circumstances surrounding the incident.2

“We’re talking to people in the neighbourhood by knocking on doors and we’ll continue tomorrow,” Lars Franzell, head of the violent crime division of the Södermanland County police, told the TT news agency.

Franzell remained tight lipped, however, about the where the crime took place and what relationship, if any, the dead man had to the suspected teen may have had with each other.

According to the local Eskilstuna-Kuriren, the fact that the boy isn’t suspected of murder indicates that police don’t currently believe he intended to kill the man.

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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.