Malmö shooter suspected in more cases

The suspected serial shooter in Malmö in southern Sweden has been informed that he is under suspicion for three additional attempted murders allegedly committed in the last year.

Malmö shooter suspected in more cases

In total, the man, who has been identified as Peter Mangs, is now suspected of a total of three murders and 14 attempted murders.

Chief prosecutor Ola Sjöstrand declined to reveal which additional attempted murders Mangs is now under suspicion, saying only that they were committed in the last year.

According to the Sydsvenskan daily, Mangs is also under suspicion of conspiring to murder and vandalism. Sjöstrand refused to elaborate further on those cases.

Since his arrest in November Mangs, 38, has consistently denied committing any of the crimes for which he is suspected and any eventual trial will hang on forensic evidence.

“We have received some advice from the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium, SKL), but it is not all finished yet,” said Börje Sjöholm of the county police.

A new remand hearing was not necessary after Mangs voluntarily agreed to remain in custody.

“And we will not demand he remain in custody for the new cases right now, it is not necessary,” said Sjöstrand.

Mangs remains in detention as a suspect on probable cause since he could obstruct the investigation and according to the district court, there is a risk he could continue to engage in criminal activity.

Mangs is currently in custody on suspicion of the murder of a young woman in the autumn of 2009 and five cases of attempted murder.

He is also a suspect in the murder of two men in Malmö’s Lindängen district in the summer of 2003 and an additional five cases of attempted murder from 2006 to 2010.


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.