Top athlete charged with attempted murder

A top Swedish athlete has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly lured her ex-boyfriend into a stolen car and tried to kill him. The woman, who has represented Sweden internationally, denies the charges.

Top athlete charged with attempted murder
The suspect has represented Sweden internationally and holds a junior record. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/ AFP

The unidentified female athlete, who is in her early 20’s and who holds a junior record, was on Friday charged over the attack on her former live-in partner in the city of Borlänge, in central Sweden, after being arrested earlier on in the week.

“We believe she tried to kill a person,” Prosecutor Sanna Gens told Swedish tabloid Expressen.

Local newspapers Dalademokraten and DT said the woman had tricked her former boyfriend to come for a ride with her and that she then attacked him in the car.  

There was allegedly a knife involved in the attack.

There were contradictory reports over whether the man was injured or not.  

The woman was arrested on Tuesday after the car she was travelling in broke down and she called road assistance services to help her out. When the road assistance staff realised that she didn’t have a driver’s license and that the car didn’t belong to her, they called police.

After initial questioning, the woman was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car and for plotting an assault. Later on in the investigation, prosecutors changed the assault charge to attempted murder.

The suspect denies the attempted murder charge.


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.” 

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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.