Man stabbed to death outside Stockholm club

A man in his 20s has died in hospital after being stabbed in the stomach during a brawl close to a popular club in the capital.

Man stabbed to death outside Stockholm club
Police carry out a technical examination at the crime scene in Stockholm where a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death. Johan Nilsson / TT

The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning close to the 'Sommar' nightclub in the centre of the city. He was rushed to the Karolinska University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

"There was some kind of fight which ended up with one person being stabbed," Fredrik Nylén of the Norrmalm police told the Expressen newspaper.

Police have arrested a man, also in his 20s, at the scene and he is being held on suspicion of murder. A knife was later confiscated.

An eyewitness told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the situation was "insane" as security guards tried to save the man's life.

Police sources said they believed that the trouble began at the club and then spilled outside. They have declined to elaborate on whether the victim was known to the man who was subsequently arrested.

"There are a number of assumptions but I do not want to give any details until we have carried out all the questioning of those involved," added Fredrik Nylén.

A number of witnesses have since been questioned by police and further witnesses will be heard today. A forensic examination of the crime scene was carried out during the morning and an investigation has begun.  

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Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.