Teen murder suspect rushed to hospital

The 16-year-old boy on trial for the murder of 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June was rushed to hospital on Thursday.

Teen murder suspect rushed to hospital

The court proceedings were suspended until further notice.

The teenager suffered a panic attack after relating the story of the killing to the court. He had previously told the court about his relationship to Therese.

“The reaction was so severe that an ambulance was called and he was taken to Huddinge hospital. He was not carried on a stretcher and was able to walk by himself,” the boy’s lawyer, Claes Borgström, told the TT news agency.

The cross-examination of the boy would have continued on Thursday afternoon, but will now be delayed until further notice.

“I would have thought that the cross-examination can be resumed on Tuesday when the proceedings reconvene. In the interim he will receive help to work through his feelings and recover,” Borgström said.

The 16-year-old will receive medical attention and be taken to the youth detention centre where he is being held and will then receive help from a psychologist.

Borgström claimed that the boy had received sufficient help and support during the trial.

“Yes, I think so. He has me, his parents and staff from the social services with him in court,” Borgström said.

The 16-year-old female defendant’s lawyer, Jan Karlsson, says that he has a raft of questions to put to the boy, which he hopes to be able to ask on Tuesday if the boy’s health allows it.

“The case hangs on the testimony of the young defendants and the text messages. Witness testimony has less bearing,” Karlsson said.

Karlsson said that his defendant has also suffered from the day’s events.

“She has been feeling very upset all along and that did not improve as a result of this,” he said.

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Germany’s youth ‘have lost their sense of fun’, study finds

Whereas previous generations were influenced by punk, techno and other subcultures, the modern German teenager is already dreaming of settling down in the suburbs, according to researchers.

Germany's youth 'have lost their sense of fun', study finds
Two teen skateboarders in Dresden in April 2018. Photo: DPA

The researchers behind the Sinus-Youth Study 2020 noted that “health is an ever more important issue” for German teens.

“Glamour, fun or the fulfilment of consumer desires play a less important role in the lives of participants than they did a few years ago” the study found.

“Instead, 'normal' goals like finishing school, the maintaining friendships and spending time with family seem to be important.

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The researchers conducted repeat interviews with 72 teenagers. While the results cannot be considered representative, the depth of the study is unparalleled in German youth research.

Unlike their parents’ generation, the youth of today no longer sees pop stars like David Bowie as their inspiration. “They are much more likely to name someone who they know personally as a major influence.”

Sub-cultures are disappearing, the study notes, as ever more youth aspire to a “mainstream” life built around family, children and a solid but unspectacular job.

Although the 600-page report concludes that “somewhere along the line the concept of fun seems to have been lost,” the word Spaß (fun) is mentioned throughout.

But whereas Spaß once meant hedonism or rebellion, these days it is “Spaß am Lernen” (fun in learning) and “Spaß an der Arbeit” (fun at work) that are the top priorities for many kids.

“Teenagers have an ever more serious and realistic view of the world and its problems,” the study says. “They are concerned – even afraid.”

Top on the list of Weltschmerzen that the German youth are feeling is fear over climate change. They feel that their point of view is not taking seriously enough by older generations, who they see as doing too little to tackle the issue.

“The zeitgeist among teens is both green and conservative,” the study says.

Concerns were also raised among participants about migration and the polarising debate around it.

Many have a nuanced view of this issue, and are more likely to point out positives and negatives than those interviewed for the last study in 2016.

At the same time they fear a rise in hate speech. The ideals of solidarity, and self-sacrifice and modesty were mentioned prominently by participants.

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