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Swede in freak coffee break with Finnish killer

A 63-year-old Finnish man calmly walked into a petrol station in northern Sweden on Tuesday night and confessed to a double murder in his home country, prompting the surprised station owner to ring the police before inviting the self-confessed killer to coffee.

Swede in freak coffee break with Finnish killer

It was around 6pm during what had otherwise been an uneventful evening when an unknown man entered the Shell petrol station in Töre, a small village about 75 kilometres west of the Finnish border.

“He walked in and asked the girl at the counter if her boss was in and said he wanted to speak with him,” station owner Robert Lundbäck told The Local.

The helpful clerk then took the man to the back of the station where the 35-year-old Lundbäck was sorting inventory.

Much to the station manager’s surprise, the stranger explained that he had killed two people in Kemi in northern Finland earlier in the day.

“I wasn’t scared at all. He was so relaxed,” Lundbäck said of the exchange.

“I didn’t know if the guy really was a double-murderer from Finland or was simply suffering from delirium.”

Keeping his cool despite sitting face-to-face with a self-confessed killer, Lundbäck called the police before inviting the man to have coffee and chat while they waited for police to arrive.

“We talked for about 45 minutes or so. He didn’t talk about the killings much, but we talked about almost everything else,” said Lundbäck.

The station owner learned the suspected murderer was an architect who seemed well-educated, but also appeared quite tired during the pair’s conversation.

“He was like any run-of-the-mill grandfather,” he said.

“I just couldn’t get my head around the idea that he was a killer.”

The man even offered to let Lundbäck take his picture, suggesting he might be able to make money by selling it to newspapers, but the station manager declined the offer.

When police finally arrived, the 63-year-old man calmly walked out with his hands on his head, according to Lundbäck.

“He said ‘thank you very much’, and got into the police car,” he said.

The suspect is now being held by police in Luleå, who have since been in touch with their colleagues in Finland about the case.

According to police in Finland, the 63-year-old man is the only suspect for the killings and was previously married to the female victim.

Finnish media reported that the victims were discovered around the same time that the 63-year-old man was chatting with Lundbäck and are believed to have died from gunshot wounds.

A court in Finland has also issued a warrant for the 63-year-old’s arrest, although it is expected to take several days before the man is extradited to Finland.

Lundbäck, who has owned the station since 2009, but worked there for nearly 20 years, said he’s never had a more bizarre encounter in all his time at the shop.

“One thing I can say though is that facing a double murderer felt less threatening than facing an angry customer who refuses to pay for his gasoline,” he told The Local.

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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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