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Four arrested for murder in central Sweden

A woman in her 60s has been found dead in Långshyttan in Hedemora municipality. Four people have been arrested on suspicion of her murder, and another three are also in custody.

Four arrested for murder in central Sweden
A police woman and police dog examine the scene near where the woman was found. Photo: TT

The woman is believed to have been killed two weeks ago. The body was found on Saturday near a stream in Långshyttan, Dalarna, in central Sweden.

The seven in custody are four men and three women.

The woman was reported missing on June 28th by relatives in Borlänge and, after an initial investigation, police became convinced the woman had been murdered. The police will not say why they suspected murder. 

The suspects are men aged 20-45 and women 20-30 years old. Those held are suspected of various degrees of involvement, including harbouring a criminal, accessory to murder and murder.

One of the men admitted through his lawyer during Sunday's court hearing that he was involved in the planning of the crime but he denies the murder charges.

The chief prosecutor, Fredrik Skoglund, says that the suspects are not related to the victim but were acquaintances.

According to the police, the woman was found next to a stream, partially submerged. 

Police do not believe the victim was murdered where she was found.

“There were many people involved, and it has been a long time, we think, since the crime was committed, so we have many places to explore,” said a police spokesman.

HEALTH

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 

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