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Boy, 16, suspected of stabbing sister to death

A 19-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment in southern Sweden on Monday night and police have since arrested her younger brother on suspicion of murder.

The woman was found dead just before midnight on Monday in her apartment in Landskrona in southern Sweden, with multiple stab wounds to her body.

“It’s horrible in there,” said a police member to the Aftonbladet newspaper, reporting that blood traces ran from the room to the elevator.

The woman, who had previously lived in a foster home after escaping from family problems, had celebrated her 19th birthday in the apartment recently.

She reportedly moved to the apartment to build a new life for herself after having been plagued by family troubles.

Police arrested the woman’s 16-year-old brother after finding him outside the apartment, according to the paper.

It is alleged that the boy killed his sister for disgracing their family by having several boyfriends and trying to build a life for herself away from home.

“He thought that she brought shame to the family,” a friend of the victim told the paper.

The suspected murderer had also run away from the turmoil at their family home, and had also sought refuge in a foster home.

The boy’s lawyer said his client denies the charges.

“The police have presented a certain amount of evidence, but my client denies the crime,” said Urban Jansson to the paper.

Police were called to the apartment in the late hours of Monday night, and believe the call was made by the suspected killer himself.

The 16-year-old was already known to police for previous petty crimes, including theft of clothing from a clothing store last year.

Friends of the woman and workers at the foster home have described the woman as loving and popular.

”She always cared about her friends, and for those she loved. She put others before herself,” one friend told Aftonbladet.

The woman had sought help for some time from the Tänk Om (“Think again”) organization in Malmö, which fights against honour related violence.

The organization posted staff member’s deepest condolences on its website, referring to the incident as a “tragic honor killing”.

“This is a very heavy day for those near to her, and for everyone’s right to the freedom of choosing their own life,” the organization wrote in a statement.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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