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Malmö sniper Peter Mangs 'not mentally ill'

The Local · 26 Sep 2012, 09:50

Published: 26 Sep 2012 09:50 GMT+02:00

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The forensic psychiatrist in charge of the evaluation made the assessment that "Peter Mangs didn't commit these actions under the influence of a serious psychiatric disorder", said Malmö District Court in a statement.

Mangs wasn’t suffering from mental problems at the time of the assessment either, judged the psychiatrist. Therefore there “is no reason to hand Peter Mangs over to psychiatric care”.

Mang’s sentence, set to be delivered in October, will be based on the report from the psychiatric evaluation, and is now likely to involve a long time behind bars.

The result of Mang’s mental assessment has dragged out due to the very extensive criminal investigation.

For some time, Mangs was observed 24 hours a day by a forensic psychiatrist, a psychologist, several social workers and health care staff to get to the bottom of his mental health.

Mangs was arrested in November 2010 after a massive manhunt following a string of shootings against people of immigrant origin that gripped Sweden's third largest city with fear.

He was charged with killing two men of immigrant origin, aged 23 and 66, in 2003 and a 20-year-old Swedish woman who had been sitting in a car with an immigrant man in 2009.

He was also charged with 12 attempted murders in which he fired numerous shots with his Glock 19 pistol at homes, businesses and cars as well as out in the open, seriously injuring a number of people and coming close to killing many others.

In July, after a highly publicized trial and a lengthy criminal investigation, the court ruled that he was guilty of 13 of the charges, among these two murders, four attempted murders and three cases of making illegal threats.

Wednesday's decision by the forensic psychiatrist means that the sentencing in October is likely to mean jail time for Mangs. His trial is scheduled to begin again on October 3rd, at which time the findings of the psychiatric evaluation will be presented in court.

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Your comments about this article

11:51 September 26, 2012 by StockholmSam
Am I the only one who finds it disturbing that a person who goes around shooting people is deemed mentally healthy by a bunch of "experts?" I think his actions alone should qualify him as mentally ill. There is definitely something wrong there. On the other hand, I realize mental illness would get him into a hospital instead of a prison. I prefer sending this guy to prison. They justice system needs some tweaking.
12:17 September 26, 2012 by Achilles7
"likely to mean jail time"

Really? But this is Sweden. Surely they will rather grant him care workers, his own apartment, 24 hour protection, and gently persuade him to talk about his feelings over an organic smoothie. After all, he's only a serial killer. Come on Sweden, be a bit more open minded and tolerant, please.
19:16 September 26, 2012 by Svensksmith
While I agree that he is not mentally well, I am glad that he will serve jail time. Hopefully a lot of time.
23:02 September 26, 2012 by Children Of Adam
Magnus name is one of the swedish most famous names, damn at work we have three Magnus.

Well, Any serial killer or smart murderer who murder the innocents and hide from police for long time is not mental, i would call ill the police and public for not catching the killer rather than to call the killer ill.

I have also noted that being "mentally ill" words are being used for only white terrorists. You would never hear " mentally ill" if a immigrant or suicide bombers commit crime, but you hear next day when a blue eyed white is committing a crime.

But I trust the European court system and doctors who are honest and reports correctly.( not the media,sorry guys)

Put him in jail forever !
02:43 September 27, 2012 by Svensksmith
"I have also noted that being "mentally ill" words are being used for only white terrorists. You would never hear " mentally ill" if a immigrant or suicide bombers commit crime, but you hear next day when a blue eyed white is committing a crime."

Sounds like someone has a big chip on their shoulder...
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