Man charged with stabbing 10-year-old girl

A 28-year-old Swedish man who stabbed a ten-year-old girl in the throat in Gothenburg in February has been formally charged with attempted murder.

Man charged with stabbing 10-year-old girl

The man attacked the girl outside her school in Hjällbo, western Sweden, in early February before fleeing the country for Spain.

Just over a week later, he gave himself up at a consulate in Malaga, and was extradited to Sweden on March 2nd. He was arrested the next day.

The man has confessed to stabbing the girl with a knife, yet admitted that he initially gave himself up thinking he had killed her.

The crime has been labelled as attempted murder, according to the prosecutor Per-Håkan Larsson, who spoke with the TT news agency after the hearing on Friday.

“There is no doubt that he has done this, and he confessed that he stabbed the girl in the neck. I mean, if you knife someone in the throat, you know that it may lead to death,” said Larsson.

However, the attacker only confessed to grievous bodily harm, while the court formally charged him for attempted murder on Friday.

The girl, who wavered between life and death after the attack, has since returned to full health.

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime