Suspected killer shot man dead in stake out

The Malmö police began staking out suspected serial killer Peter Mangs’ apartment two hours before he killed one of his victims, which led to his arrest.

Suspected killer shot man dead in stake out

The stake out began at four-thirty pm on October 23 last year, and started because of a tip-off. Two hours later a man was shot with bullets which could later be traced to the suspect’s weapon, according to local newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Mangs later returned to his apartment, and upon leaving again shortly thereafter, he was followed by the police.

One reason why the police waited to arrest the suspect was that they feared he would get rid of the weapon, which was a decisive piece of evidence.

“We waited. According to a tip we’d received, he’d hidden the weapon outdoors. If we’d gone into the apartment and not found a weapon we would have been screwed,” Börje Sjöholm, operative head of the police investigation, said to Sydsvenskan.

The tip which sparked the investigation and the arrest of Peter Mangs was tracked by the police to one of Malmö municipality’s computers. A friend of Mangs, living in a municipally owned home, told the police what he’d heard him say about the murders.

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Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.