16-year-old charged over death of homeless man

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder over the death of a homeless Romanian man in a park earlier this year.

16-year-old charged over death of homeless man
Prosecutor Linda Schön speaking to reporters on Monday. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

The 48-year-old man, locally known as 'Gica' although his real name was Gheorge Hortolomei-Lupu, was found dead in a park in Huskvarna, near Jönköping, on August 8th.

Two boys are suspected of beating the man to death after harrassing him over an extended period of time. Before kicking the man repeatedly, the boys are accused of throwing stones, apples and urine at the man, and filming parts of the abuse.

The older boy will be charged with murder, alternatively aggravated assault and causing another person's death, but the younger of the pair, aged 14, is below the age of criminal responsibility so will not be charged. Both have been taken in by social services.

“Both the indictment and the testimony contain a statement that they committed a crime together,” said prosecutor Linda Schön. “What I'm stating is that the 16-year-old and the 14-year-old killed the man together.”

She said that the investigation has not established a motive for the suspected murder, but that there is no evidence it was a hate crime.

Special provisions apply in Swedish law for suspects under the age of 18, with trials against people between the ages of 15 and 17 years required to proceed promptly.

While 16-year-olds can be tried in court, further special legislation applies to suspects under the age of 15.

The 14-year-old will not undergo a criminal trial but social services have ordered evidential proceedings, an investigation carried out to establish what happened and who was responsible. If the boy is found guilty as a result, he won't receive a punishment but social services will continue to take care of him.

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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.