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Victim’s boyfriend: ‘He ran at us like a madman’

The boyfriend of the 57-year-old woman, who was killed together with a 15-year-old boy in the Ljungsbro double murder case which has rocked Sweden, has spoken out about the brutal events of Friday night.

Victim's boyfriend: 'He ran at us like a madman'
Swedish flag at half mast in the town of Ljungsbro near Linköping. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT
The man and woman heard the commotion breaking out in their otherwise sleepy small town neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday morning.
 
The pair approached the 33-year-old man who was on Monday remanded into custody for double murder, seeking to intervene after realizing from the screaming and shouting that it was no ordinary argument.
 
"I wondered what the hell he was doing. I thought at first he was standing there and hitting the hill," the boyfriend of the 57-year-old woman told the Aftonbladet daily, explaining that he realized they were watching a boy being beaten with a metal rod.
 
The man told the newspaper that the couple then ran towards the offender, screaming at him to stop.
 
"He came at us like a madman. He was only a few feet away from us when I screamed."
 
The 57-year-old woman sustained a fatal blow in the ensuing scuffle.
 
"I managed to push him over and a man who was coming over the bridge came over to help to hold him down. I screamed that he should calm down."
 
The man later managed to flee and was later arrested not far from the scene of the crime. The 33-year-old has been charged with double murder and was on Monday remanded into custody at Linköping District Court.
 
The man is reported to have a history of mental illness and has an extensive criminal record.
 
Prosecutor Britt Louise Viklund has indicated that the police investigation extends to further suspected offences in connection with the incident, aside from the two murders.
 
The man's lawyer, former justice minister Thomas Bodström, has stated that the perpetrator denies the charges and claims that he has no memory of the events in question.
 
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, who he is reported to have abducted after following them home from a youth centre. The woman ended up in a scuffle with the man and her boyfriend arrived to help, managing to secure the release of one of the boys.
 
The man is then believed to have left the house with the older boy and was challenged by the 57-year-old woman and her boyfriend. The woman and the boy were killed in the ensuing scuffle and the man was left nursing injuries.

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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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