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.


Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”