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Machete man goes berserk in Swedish clinic

TT/Clara Guibourg · 25 Mar 2012, 09:45

Published: 25 Mar 2012 09:45 GMT+02:00

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The 33-year-old man grabbed the leg of a chair and with it broke windows and threatened the staff at the Sundsvall's psychiatric clinic, in northern Sweden, reported local newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning (ST).

Police were called to the clinic, to help the staff who were unable to disarm the aggressive man on their own.

"The situation was very threatening, but luckily no one was injured," said the clinic's press spokesman Bengt Eriksson to ST.

It's been just ten days since the 33 year-old man went on a wild rampage with a machete in Sundsvall, slashing a woman in the face so badly that she reportedly lost an eye. Before the police caught up with the man, he also crashed his car, threatened a group of high school students, and hijacked their minivan.

According to ST, the man suffers from severe mental problems and has been in and out of clinics since the summer of 2010.

Since last week's attack, he's been treated at the psychiatric clinic in Sundsvall, where he now lashed out again.

"This is the first time we've been forced to ask the police for help, and they did a good job," said Eriksson to ST.

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"We've placed the machete man in isolation, into a very sterile environment where there aren't any loose objects."

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:22 March 25, 2012 by johan rebel
Put him on the first flight to Morocco, I'm sure they have accommodation available in Tazmamart
12:08 March 25, 2012 by krow
"the man suffers from severe mental problems and has been in and out of clinics since the summer of 2010" and

"he also crashed his car"

The question is 'Who gave or allowed a mad man with a car to keep driving"
12:15 March 25, 2012 by krrodman
"In and out of clinics since the summer of 2010."

"Slashes woman with a machete so badly that she reportedly lost an eye."

"Goes berserk in a clinic."

Message to Psychiatric Clinic: Whatever therapy you have been using is not working. The next time you release him to the public he will kill someone. Do not let this fellow out of solitary confinement.....EVER.

And, I would keep a TASER handy at all times.
13:03 March 25, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Did they attempt to medicate this lunatic?

He should have been heavily medicated, with possibly a slow reduction in the dose until some first MILD signs of aggression re-surfaced.

The health care workers have a right to work in a safe environment.
14:19 March 25, 2012 by StockholmSam
Just shoot this SOB and be done with it. What is the point of keeping him around?
22:07 March 25, 2012 by Swedishmyth
The Swedish love of the guilty and indifference toward the victims will keep this happening over and over.
01:46 March 26, 2012 by Grokh
why does this guy keep being allowed to walk about O_O its a matter of time until he starts using an Axe instead of a manchete.

@Swedishmyth thats spot on i really dont get swedes willingness to protect criminals more than victims
08:44 March 26, 2012 by wolverine2k
Agree with you StockholmSam!
09:15 March 26, 2012 by Happy Expat
That's not a machete it's a billhook.
04:57 March 29, 2012 by Jeff10
Criticizing a person for using a machette is racist. You Swedes must learn to respect all cultures.

In some cultures, it's okay to hack away. Yes, Swedes, please, be sure to liberalize your immigration laws even more, so that you have a proper balance of Swedes and machette-wielding wackos. This will show that Sweden truly loves multi-culturalism and is a welcoming place for all such wackos.

Does Sweden have its fair share of terrorists? Perhaps France could send to you a few.
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