Son sentenced for killing dad with candle holder

A man in western Sweden who murdered his dad with a candle holder, dog leash and a knife has been sentenced to psychiatric care.

Son sentenced for killing dad with candle holder
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Police were called to the father's home in the town of Karlsborg in October after his wife came home to find her husband dead. The couple's son, in his thirties, admitted to the murder in interrogations.

“I killed him. I wasn't in my right mind anyway,” he told officers, reported regional newspaper GP.

The son assaulted his father using the heavy tealight stone holder and stabbed him in the chest, according to Wednesday's verdict by Skaraborg District Court.

He then wrapped a dog leash around his father's neck before he stabbed himself in the chest and was taken to hospital.

A suicide letter, which the man himself referred to as a 'will', also formed part of the investigation.

Scribbled on pink post-it notes, the man thanked his mother in the letter and apologized for “everything stupid and mean I have said and done.” He wrote: “Love you all. I'm a better personality [sic] now.”

No motive was ever established by police or the court, but experts said the man suffered from psychotic symptoms with a distorted sense of reality, hallucinations and depression, according to the court verdict.

Witness statements suggested that the man had previously got on well with his father, but he is said to have told his mother earlier on the day of the murder that he had “entered into a pact with the devil”.

“We have questioned the family, neighbours and friends. We have questioned everyone you can. Nothing has emerged about any history of violence in the family or that there has been some kind of discord between father and son,” prosecutor Marianne Aldén previously told GP.

The man was sentenced on Tuesday to psychiatric care in a closed facility for offenders.


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.