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Boyfriend confesses to killing missing man

A 37-year old man said to be the boyfriend Jens Janzon, who has been missing for more than two weeks, has confessed to the killing after Janzon's body was discovered in the storage room of an apartment complex in Skoghall, west central Sweden on Thursday.

“He has admitted the crime. He has admitted to murder,” said the man’s lawyer Lennart Jemtelius.

It is understood that Janzon and the man who confessed were known to each other. Newspaper Aftonbladet described the man who confessed as Janzon’s ‘boyfriend.’

Janzon, 27, was due to go on holiday to Cyprus with a friend. He was last seen at home in Forshaga, west Sweden with his mother on July 26th.

He was reported missing on Monday and following a nationwide alert was found dead three days later.

Now police suspect that Janzon never left Sweden and that Facebook posts supposedly made by him were done by his killer.

A post on his profile on July 27th read; “Now it’s Stockholm in the afternoon to stay in a hotel and then Cyprus on Monday.”

Janzon’s family became suspicious when he failed to answer his phone and were told by his travel companion that his mobile was missing. In fact the Facebook posts supposedly done by Janzon were uploaded on a phone which heightened concern for the missing man’s family.

Upon hearing the news that a man has confessed to the murder, Janzon’s brother Mikael Myringby told Expressen; “I’ve been sure from the start that it was him the whole time. Confessing it doesn’t make much difference, I know that it’s him.”

“He should get his punishment quicker. It’s not going to bring Jens back but the time is now,” he added.

Friends and family have continued to leave flowers and messages outside the apartment building where his body was found.

Jenny Harmati, a friend of the deceased, told Aftonbladet that Janzon “was head over heels in love. He had met the love of his life,” she said.

Police have yet to disclose how Janzon was murdered or how long the body was in the storage room.

The lawyer representing the man who confessed said; “He has admitted to the crime but I cannot say more due to disclosure prohibition (yppandeförbud).”

A hearing will take place in Värmland district court on Sunday.

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HEALTH

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 

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