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Man charged for taking sword hidden in cane to Swedish court

A man in his 50s has been been charged after he attempted to take a sword hidden in a cane to court in Sweden.

Man charged for taking sword hidden in cane to Swedish court
Eskilstuna District Court. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The man was arrested at Eskilstuna district court at the end of March when the court's metal detector caught him trying to sneak in the sword hidden inside a walking stick. The 50-centimetre-long blade was removed from the stick by guards, who contacted the police.

In questioning the man said he had gone to the building to collect court documents. He has now been charged suspected of breaking Sweden's law on blades in public places, Sveriges Radio reports.

The man denies the charge and insists he needed the cane in order to walk.

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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. 

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