Swedish teen on trial for snack attack

A 15-year-old Swedish boy is facing as much as six months in prison over a ripped bag of chips.

In early September, the 15-year-old tried to grab a bag of chips out of the hands of another boy, the Borås Tidning newspaper reports.

When the owner of the snacks resisted the 15-year-old’s attempt to take the chips, the latter then tore open the bag, spilling the chips on the ground.

The the chips’ owner responded with a provocative comment, at which point a 14-year-old companion of the suspect to beat and kick the boy.

According to Swedish law, the boy who carried out the beating is too young to be charged, leaving prosecutors investigating the incident no choice but to seek charges against the 15-year-old who took the bag of chips.

The boy admits he snatched the snacks, but denies he committed any crime.

Prosecutors saw things different, however, and elected to bring charges of unlawful dispossession against the 15-year-old, a crime which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

In addition to settling the matter of the torn bag of chips, the 15-year-old’s impending trial will also address charges of vandalism and the theft of a pack of cigarettes stemming from two separate incidents.


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.