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Drunk ‘admits murder’ to get ride home with cops

A woman from western Sweden is facing a hefty fine after she tried to get a free lift home by telling police she had just committed a murder.

Drunk 'admits murder' to get ride home with cops
Stranded drunk woman calls cops, invents murder for ride home

The woman, who is 50 years old, called the police after a big night of drinking in Gothenburg, western Sweden, on the day after Christmas.

“I was too drunk to make my own way home,” the woman told police during an interrogation, according to the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

She then told the emergency operators on the other end of the line that she was calling to turn herself in after having killed her neighbour.

The drunken woman then provided operators with details of where she could be found.

However, when police arrived on the scene, they immediately realized that no killing had occurred, and that the intoxicated woman was bluffing for a free police escort home.

But the police failed to find the humour in the woman’s drunk-dial ruse and dropped the woman off at a detox centre instead of her apartment.

The woman now faces trial for making false alarms to the police.

Gothenburg police demand the woman pay 1,700 kronor ($244) to compensate for the police resources wasted by the woman’s attempt to use a police car as her own personal taxi service..

In addition, the prosecutor is proposing the woman be fined of 2,000 kronor as an additional punishment.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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