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‘Mentally ill’ man denies double murder

The man arrested on suspicion of having murdered a 15-year-old boy and 57-year-old woman in Ljungsbro near Linköping in eastern Sweden on Saturday has denied the allegations.

'Mentally ill' man denies double murder
Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
The 33-year-old has been arrested on probable cause for the two deaths, according to a details released in a news conference at police headquarters in nearby Linköping on Saturday afternoon.
 
Around a hundred police officers are currently working on the case and investigation leader Conny Dahl, deputy chief operating officer at Östgöta police, on Saturday divulged further details of the crime.
 
At 2am on Saturday morning a woman alerted police that a man had broke into the basement of her house. The man was accompanied by two boys, born in 1998 and 1999.
 
The woman ended up in a scuffle with the man. The woman's boyfriend arrived to help and one of the boys was freed from the man's custody, Dahl said.
 
The man is then believed to have left the house with the older boy. Another couple who were in a nearby house saw the man and came out to assist.
 
"There was a scuffle, and in connection with the boy and the woman, born in 1956, and who had come to his rescue, was killed. Her boyfriend sustained injuries and has been taken to the hospital," Dahl said.
 
When police arrived at the scene with dog handlers, they managed to quickly find the man and detain him. He was later formally arrested on suspicion of two murders.
 
The motive was on Sunday as yet unknown, but police believe that the suspect is mentally ill. He is previously known to the police and has a prior criminal record.
 
While the police don't believe the motive was burglary, the theory has not been ruled out.
 
"I can't rule it out. There is something odd about it," said Thomas Agnevik at Östgöta police.
 
Agnevik said that police believe that the man forced the boys into the basement.
 
"Yes, I 'm afraid that was the case."
 
Former justice minister Thomas Bodström has been appointed as the man's lawyer and he has yet declined to comment on the case.
 
Questioning of the suspect will continue on Sunday.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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