Man charged for ‘trying to set in-laws on fire’

A 28-year-old man who stood for the Green Party at the 2010 election, has been charged, along with his 26-year-old girlfriend, for trying to murder his parents-in-law by setting alight to their apartment.

The motive for the attack is reported to be money and to cash in on a life insurance for which the 26-year-old woman was the sole beneficiary, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily.

The alleged attack occurred in the couple’s Solna apartment in October 2011 when their daughter and her boyfriend dropped by for a rare visit.

According to the charges levelled at the pair, they proceeded to drug the sexagenarians with the sedative Sobril.

With the in-laws safely passed out, the couple proceeded to empty the apartment of bank papers, cash, keys and a camera and then set the flat alight.

The couple were only saved by an attentive neighbour who was able to sound the alarm.

The 28-year-old man stood as a candidate for the Green Party at the 2010 election although the party has since stated that once the man’s views became known steps were taken to expel him, Aftonbladet reported.

The couple have now been charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson and are set to stand trial at Solna district court.

Both deny the charges, although the woman is reported to have confirmed certain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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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.