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13-year-old Stockholm girl found murdered

A 13-year-old girl was found murdered on Saturday afternoon in the Stockholm suburb of Täby. Two men have been taken into custody.

13-year-old Stockholm girl found murdered

Police received a call about the murder at around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon in central Täby. Two men, aged 31 and 28, were arrested around 30 minutes later in the vicinity of the crime scene.

The men were detained on suspicion of murder and accessory to murder.

Neither of the men have any previous criminal record.

The murder is reported to have occurred inside a block of flats.

According to Anders Gillander at Roslags police, the forensic investigation continued into Sunday morning.

The arrested men are reported to be neighbours of the murdered girl.

“One of them anyway,” Gillander said.

Witness interviews have been conducted during the evening, but Gillander was unwilling to divulge any further details about the murder.

According to him the police have a clear picture of how the murder was carried out and underlined that it is not a case of a so-called “honour killing”.

“There is no indication of that,” he said.

When children under 15-years-old are found murdered, in 90 percent of the cases the assailant is a parent, according to Mikael Rying, a criminologist at Mid Sweden University.

“It is a very unusual murder if it is shown to be the neighbour who has committed it,” he told the TT news agency.

He added that it is very unlikely to have been a neighbour unfamiliar to the girl.

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POLITICS

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.

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