Couple remanded for murder of 8-year-old girl

The couple suspected of killing an 8-year-old girl in southern Sweden on Walpurgis night (Valborg) are being remanded in custody suspected of probable cause for murder.

Couple remanded for murder of 8-year-old girl
Tributes outside the apartment complex in Karlskrona where an 8-year-old girl was found dead on Walpurgis night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police had arrested the pair on Thursday morning after the girl was found dead in an apartment in Karlskrona. The man (31) and woman (30) are not the girl's parents, who were overseas at the time. 

"We have worked with the investigation in order to obtain sufficient material for the prosecutor to make a remand request and to be permitted to detain the individuals," Lotta Hansson, press spokesperson of the Blekinge police, told the Expressen newspaper.

The girl, referred to as Yara by Swedish media, had been residing in Sweden since February 2013. Her parents were in Gaza when they heard the news their daughter was dead on Facebook.

"It's come as a total shock. It is terrible," the girl's father was quoted as telling Expressen.

He added; "We can't believe that this is true, we do not know what to believe. Now we need to wait for the investigation in Sweden in order to find out what happened."

The girl's death has stunned Karlskrona, with floral tributes left outside her school and where she lived. It has since emerged that social services were alerted to the girl's situation with her guardians over a year ago.

When the couple suspected of murder were arrested, police pointed out they were not the girl's parents but had a "certain relationship" with her. It is understood that the 31-year old man is related to the victim and the arrested pair were, in fact, her guardians in Sweden.

Since the arrests police have declined to reveal details about the nature of the crime.

Prosecutor Pernilla Åström said that the arrested pair were being remanded on probable cause as they could potentially destroy evidence or impede the investigation. She added there was also the possibility they could continue carrying out criminal activities.

The pair will be formally remanded in Kristianstad on Saturday afternoon, with negotiations on the details of their arrest to take place on Sunday at the police station.

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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