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Relative ‘used scissors to stab victim’s neck’ in suspected honour killing in Sweden

A man in central Sweden has been accused of murder after a younger family member was stabbed to death in a suspected honour-related killing.

Relative 'used scissors to stab victim's neck' in suspected honour killing in Sweden
File photo not related to the story. Photo: Janerik Henriksson & Johan Nilsson/TT

The incident happened in May 2017 at the Stensjön lake in Grycksbo, near Falun.

According to the indictment, which The Local has seen, the victim was “killed by cutting or stabbing with scissors in his neck” and “died from bleeding as a result of the vascular injuries to his throat”.

The prosecutor argues that the attack was carried out with intent, and the victim's wife said it was the result of a family conflict. She claims the suspect took offence to her and the victim's daughters shaking hands with boys, damaging the family's honour in his eyes, and the older relative then asked the father to kill them.

The father refused and ended contact with his relative. His wife believes he was subsequently lured to the lake where he was killed.

The suspect denies committing murder however and says he was assaulted by the father then used the scissors to defend himself.

Nine witness interviews, forensic evidence including blood samples, and analysis of the alcohol in the suspect’s bloodstream are among the evidence used in the investigation.

READ ALSO: 'Honour violence is a crime. There's nothing honourable about it'

Later on Thursday it emerged that both the victim and suspect in the current case are relatives of Fadime Sahindal, who in 2002 was murdered by her father following her speech at the Riksdag about honour culture and oppression at the hands of male relatives. It is one of the most high-profile cases of honour killing in Sweden.

In May, one of her other relatives was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his ex wife's partner.

In July meanwhile, six people were convicted of murder by Gävle District Court in a major honour violence case involving the work of around 100 police officers, where a man was killed after having an affair with a married woman.

Five were sentenced to life in prison while the sixth was sentenced to 14 years due to being under the age of 21 when the crime took place.

READ ALSO: Six convicted of murder in Swedish honour killing case

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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