Five remanded for jewellery store heist

A 26-year-old man who was shot in the head by police during a jewellery store robbery on Friday was ordered held on remand on Tuesday, as were four of his accomplices.

Five remanded for jewellery store heist

The shooting victim is in a critical condition at the Karolinska Hospital after being shot in the head while trying to escape from police during a jewellery heist in Södertälje, an hour south of Stockholm.

He was ordered held on remand in his absence while police finish their investigation and the prosecutor decides whether to press formal charges.

Another two male accomplices and two women were also ordered held on remand.

One of the suspects, however, claims to have a water-tight alibi.

“Without going into detail, I can say that he has a proper alibi,” Slobodan Jovicic, the lawyer of the 22-year-old, suspect told the TT news agency.

“No one has even bothered to check it.”

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The two women, aged 21 and 22, are suspected of complicity in aggravated robbery.

Serpil Güngör, the lawyer of the injured 26-year-old, refused to comment to media on the remand order other than to say that the decision would be appealed.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Kay Engfeldt will look into whether the police are guilty of any crimes in connection with the shooting, but pointed out that when perpetrators are armed it is justifiable for police to shoot.

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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.