Swedish woman in ‘butcher’ murder trial

A woman who is accused of killing and then cutting up a female love rival goes on trial today in a case that has stunned a small Swedish town.

Swedish woman in 'butcher' murder trial
Police cordoned off this apartment in Askersund after a woman was found dead there. Pavel Koubek/TT

The 25-year-old is accused of murdering a 22-year-old woman in Askersund, central Sweden, in June. The victim was repeatedly stabbed before her body was then chopped up with a saw and knife. 

"Both the accused and the victim had a relationship with the same man," prosecutor Lars Duberg told the TT news agency.

The murder was committed in an apartment where the 25-year-old is suspected of arriving with hammers, carving knife, sleep hormones, syringes and needles.

In police interviews she has stated that she did not intend to kill the woman. Her defence team have said the same thing and pointed out that she had made no plans for how to dispose of the body.

Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that the accused told the police that she went to her love rival's house to give her a fright but she panicked and the attack ensued.

She later returned to the apartment with three Ikea bags and is accused of chopping up the body and burying the remains. Body parts were belonging to the victim were later found in a forest.

The paper also reported that the woman allegedly went online to search for tips on how to carry out a murder in advance of the killing

"She denies responsibility for the murder," her lawyer Johan Eriksson told Expressen.

However, the prosecution believe there is plenty of evidence to secure a conviction.

"My opinion is that it was a deliberate killing," said prosecutor Lars Duberg.

The case has attracted sizeable media interest in Sweden as it involves a butcher-style killing involving two women.

On average there is just one dismembering type murder in Sweden a year. Usually the culprit is a man who has killed another man or a woman.

The trial is expected to last five days.  

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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