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Mother-killer murders dad and stepmum

The 41-year-old man suspected of killing his father and stepmother in a Stockholm suburb on Wednesday, had previously been convicted of murdering his mother back in 1997.

Mother-killer murders dad and stepmum

Police had been called to the elderly couple’s flat on Wednesday just before 9am by neighbours who had overheard what they thought was some sort of brawl.

They arrived to find the elderly couple dead.

The two victims so seriously savaged by stabbing wounds that there was no question of the cause of death, police told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

No one else was present in the flat at the time of the police’s arrival and it is believed that the perpetrator fled by way of the balcony, dropping down two storeys.

Witness reports stated that a man, wearing a chequered shirt, carrying a bag, and with blood on his clothes, was spotted running from the scene among the houses.

Late on Wednesday evening a man was apprehended not far from the apartment and brought in for questioning. He was later arrested on suspicion of the murder of the elderly couple.

On Thursday the TT news agency reported that the suspect who was apprehended late on Wednesday was the murdered man’s 41-year-old son.

He reportedly has a history of violence, having been convicted of killing his mother in 1997 and being sentenced to time in a secure psychiatric facility.

According to the minutes of the trial, the now murdered father said that his relationship with the son was “strained” and that he was often very aggressive.

A few weeks before his mother’s death in 1996, he had called her up and said that he would “hack her to death”.

She was found stabbed to death in her Tullinge flat shortly after.

After his release, the 41-year-old has repeatedly been convicted for theft.

He was most recently released from jail on New Year’s Eve and has lacked a permanent address since then.

”He has been arrested and will receive legal counsel. That is all I want to say,” said Åsa Johanneson of the police to the paper.

According to Aftonbladet, there is no known motive for the killing of the couple.

”No, not that I know of. But the forensic investigation has just been concluded,” said Åhlin to the paper.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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