Elderly man suspected of murdering wife

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 78-year-old man suspected of murdering his 76-year-old wife, who was found dead in their apartment in Kristinehamn, central Sweden on Monday morning.

The husband, who was convicted for triple murder in 1975, was found in the apartment with the deceased woman shortly after 10am on Monday.

“A relative discovered the woman in the apartment and he then found a man. The woman is dead and the man is seriously injured,” said Leif Hultman of the Värmlands police to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Police gave no details regarding the murder – other than announcing that “a certain amount of violence took place in the apartment.”

Besides the fact that the pair was married, police were unwilling to disclose any further information.

The elderly man was taken to Centralsjukhuset hospital in Karlstad where his injuries were announced not to be life threatening.

The murder suspect was a known killer, having fatally shot his then fiancée and her parents in December 1975 in central Sweden, according to national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT).

The fiancée’s then 10-year-old daughter was also seriously injured in the attack, and the killer was sentenced to psychiatric care.

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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.” 

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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.