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Malmö man admits to beating wife to death

The 42-year-old Malmö resident under suspicion of the killing of his 33-year-old wife after he was found trying to stow her lifeless body into a van has admitted to causing her death, but claims that it wasn't murder.

“He hasn’t admitted to murder. He wants it to be classified as manslaughter or possibly aggravated assault and causing the death of another,” said the man’s lawyer Ulf Bjermer to daily Kvällsposten.

The man was discovered around 3.30am on Wednesday morning by passersby on a street in central Malmö when he asked them for help lifting what witnesses quickly realized was a human body wrapped in a blanket into a van.

The witnesses immediately alerted police and kept the man from leaving the scene by surrounding the vehicle.

Police later arrested the man, who claimed that the woman’s death was an “accident”.

When police arrived the woman was still alive but died later on the way to the hospital.

Police believe that the man beat his wife so badly that he caused her death.

They also suspect that the five children, four of which were fathered by the 42-year-old, were in the couple’s flat at the time of the assault.

However, according to deputy prosecutor Bo Birgersson, it is not believed that the children witnessed the beating, as it took place in a separate part of the apartment.

“With the exception of the youngest child, but it is too young to have understood anything of what has happened, “ Birgersson told Kvällsposten.

Birgersson also confirmed that the woman had filed for a divorce twice in the last few years but later retracted the petition and moved back in with the 42-year-old.

“If it is true that she changed her mind it is hard to see how that could be the motive,” said Birgersson to the paper.

The man has given a statement to the police about how the woman died, but it doesn’t completely correspond to the woman’s injuries and some of the police’s findings in the flat.

“We haven’t confronted him about that yet and we can therefore not go into any details,” said Birgersson to the paper.

After a hearing on Friday that lasted all but ten minutes the court decided to remand the man into custody under suspicion of murder.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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