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CRIME

Man beats victim with axe, dumps body in well

A 39-year-old man in Ödeshög, in southern Sweden, has been convicted of murder and sentenced to 12 years in prison after hitting his 59-year-old victim in the head with an axe and a frying pan, before dumping the body in a well, causing the older man to drown.

Man beats victim with axe, dumps body in well

“I am really surprised with this verdict. I thought it would be manslaughter and ten years,” the 39-year old’s defence lawyer Andres Berglund told daily Expressen.

“I am very disappointed and I expect my client is as well. I will advise him to appeal and then we will just have to see if he has the strength to go through with it.”

The 39-year-old, who is said to have known his victim before the incident, allegedly struck the older man in the head repeatedly with both an axe and a frying pan.

Then he dumped the man’s inert body into a well on the victim’s property, where he subsequently drowned, according to the charge sheet.

According to local paper Corren, witnesses have said that they saw several people near the house earlier in the day and that gun fire was heard coming from the property.

The 39-year-old was brought in for questioning some eight days later. At first he denied all allegations, but later admitted to manslaughter.

However, the court followed the prosecutor’s line of treating the incident as murder and sentenced the man to twelve years in prison.

“I am very pleased that the verdict said murder and not manslaughter, as he wanted. I am pleased that we get closure so that all the neighbours and relatives can know the truth and no longer have to be worried,” said prosecutor Britt-Louise Viklund to Expressen.

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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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