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Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses

Police are investigating one case of murder and two attempted murders at a care home in the west of Sweden, after a doctor raised the alarm about suspicious insulin overdoses.

Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses
At least of the women did not normally receive insulin injections. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“There is one man who died in connection to the events,” Stina Lundqvist, the prosecutor in the case, told the local Göteborgs Tidning newspaper.
 
“All of these three people who received a medication which they were not supposed to have, according to what they were prescribed,” she added in an interview with Swedish state radio broadcaster SR
 
“We are investigating the events as attempted murder,” she told Sweden's TT newswire, which reported that it could be a case of active euthanasia, which is illegal in Sweden, although the prosecutor did not comment.
 
The doctor reported his suspicions to the police after two women from the same section of the care home were admitted to the hospital, both suffering from extremely low blood sugar. 
 
“Through giving the plaintiff insulin, someone has caused her to lose consciousness and stop breathing,” a senior doctor at the hospital wrote in a police report.
 
The doctor added that the woman would not have been capable of administering the insulin herself. 
 
In January this year, a third resident from the same section of the same care home, was also admitted to the hospital suffering from low blood sugar. It was then that police put a prosecutor on the case. 
 
“It's unlikely to be a coincidence because it is all from the same section and is the same type of event,” Lundqvist told TT.
 
“But it's a slightly special case. We can't say with confidence that this is an attempted murder. That's something we hope the investigation will shed some light on.” 
 
“There are certain elements which suggest a crime has been committed, although exactly what evidence this is, I cannot go into at present.” 
 
 
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At least one of the women did not normally take insulin, and another was admitted with a type of insulin in her body different from that which she was prescribed. 
 
According to a report in a local newspaper, a police search of the home found two empty insulin pens containing fast-acting insulin which were not registered in the home's records. 
 
Lundqvist said it was a “complicated investigation”, as many of the staff who worked at the home at the time had already moved on. 
 
“We have no one at present we could reasonably call a suspect, but of course there are people we are looking closely at,” she said. “It's of course a natural part of our investigation to look at who has been working at the home when all the events took place.” 
 
The prosecutor in the case, Stina Lundqvist, says there is not yet a suspect. Photo: Adam Ihse/Exponera

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Meet Sweden’s oldest newlyweds (probably)

Sweden has gone crazy for two lovebirds who prove it is never too late to find love. Ingrid Jonsson, 88, told The Local on Tuesday how she and Håkan Andersson, 94, tied the knot after almost two decades together and are thought to be the oldest newlyweds in the land.

Meet Sweden's oldest newlyweds (probably)
Two unlikely newlyweds have become Sweden's favourite sweethearts. Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

The couple from Halmstad in southern Sweden met 17 years ago through mutual friends, but it was only last weekend that they finally married in Sperlingsholm church in the presence of family and friends.

“It surpassed all my expectations. It was very grand and the priest was wonderful,” Ingrid described the wedding in an interview with The Local.

Around a year ago, Ingrid and Håkan – who already lived together in the nearby village of Hyltebruk – decided to sell their house and move to a smaller apartment in Halmstad. And why not get married at the same time, thought the pair.

“We met many years ago but we hadn't really had the opportunity to get married until now,” said Ingrid.

First featured in regional paper Hallandsposten, the former tinsmith and nurse have quickly become Sweden's two favourite sweethearts, with several newspapers reporting on the story and Swedes taking to social media in droves to congratulate the pair.

“Never say never,” wrote one Twitter user. “Håkan, 94, and Ingrid, 88, have said I do.”

And a reporter at regional tabloid Kvällsposten, who also picked up the story, tweeted: “It is never too late! So cute!”

“I haven't got any idea why it's got so big. I don't understand it at all, but I suppose it's maybe to do with the age,” said a slightly shocked Ingrid and revealed that she has not yet had time to read the articles about herself and her new husband.

“We've just had so many guests! But now we're going to have a big party and then maybe make a honeymoon trip somewhere, but that hasn't been decided yet,” she said.

While certainly one of Sweden's oldest couples, Ingrid and Håkan are about to face some competition for the world title from George Kirby and Doreen Luckie from Eastbourne in the United Kingdom. Aged 103 and 91, the couple are set to become the world's oldest newlyweds when they marry on June 13th.