Suspected killer shot man dead in stake out

The Malmö police began staking out suspected serial killer Peter Mangs’ apartment two hours before he killed one of his victims, which led to his arrest.

Suspected killer shot man dead in stake out

The stake out began at four-thirty pm on October 23 last year, and started because of a tip-off. Two hours later a man was shot with bullets which could later be traced to the suspect’s weapon, according to local newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Mangs later returned to his apartment, and upon leaving again shortly thereafter, he was followed by the police.

One reason why the police waited to arrest the suspect was that they feared he would get rid of the weapon, which was a decisive piece of evidence.

“We waited. According to a tip we’d received, he’d hidden the weapon outdoors. If we’d gone into the apartment and not found a weapon we would have been screwed,” Börje Sjöholm, operative head of the police investigation, said to Sydsvenskan.

The tip which sparked the investigation and the arrest of Peter Mangs was tracked by the police to one of Malmö municipality’s computers. A friend of Mangs, living in a municipally owned home, told the police what he’d heard him say about the murders.

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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