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Three found murdered in Uddevalla

Three people were found dead in the city of Uddevalla in western Sweden. Police have confirmed that the case is being investigated as a triple homicide.

Three found murdered in Uddevalla

The bodies of the three were found near Uddevalla’s hospital. One was in a car in a parking lot while the two others lay outside the car.

A jogger discovered the body in the car, a man, just before 7am on Saturday morning and police found the other two when they arrived on the scene.

“We have blocked off the area and police are on their way to begin, among other things, knocking on doors in the vicinity,” said Christer Fuxborg, a police spokesperson.

Medical examiners also arrived on Saturday morning to investigate.

A reporter from the TT news agency said grieving people had come to the parking lot and that one woman tried to get past the police barricade, but was stopped.

The dead have not yet been identified and police have not released information on the gender of the two found outside of the car. According to P4 Väst, the local public radio station, the victims were two men and a woman, all in their 20s. The woman was reported to be in a relationship with one of the men. It is known that the car was not registered in the name of any of the deceased.

Police are also not releasing information on if a weapon was found or when the deaths occurred.

One person told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper that he heard something that he believed were firecrackers at around four o’clock Saturday morning.

“Then a car drove away at high speed,” he said.

A woman speaking to the Borås Tidning newspaper said no one in the area was allowed to leave the vicinity. She had also heard small explosions during the night.

“In the morning I saw two bodies outside the house. It was obvious that the two were dead,” she told the paper.

Police do not yet have any suspects in the case. 

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Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

A court has sentenced the far-right extremist Theodor Engström to forced psychiatric care for the knife attack he carried out at the Almedalen political festival this summer.

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

The Gotland district court found the 33-year-old Engström guilty of murdering the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren, but did not agree that the murder counted as a terror attack.

It did find him guilty, however, of “planning a terror attack”, for his preparations to murder the Centre Party’s leader, Annie Lööf. 

“The murdered woman had a significant role [in society], a murder is always serious, and this had consequences both for Almedalen Week and for society more broadly,” the judge Per Sundberg, said at a press conference. 

The judge Per Sundberg announces the sentence on Theodor Engström on December 6th. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

But he said that the court judged that Sweden’s terror legislation was too restrictively drafted for her murder to count as a terror offence. 

“Despite Ing-Marie Wieselgren’s well-attested position within psychiatry, the court considers that her position as national coordinator at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions is not such that her murder can in itself be considered to have damaged Sweden. The act cannot as a result be classified as a terrorist crime on those grounds.” 

The court ruled that Engström’s crimes deserved Sweden’s most severe sentence, a life sentence in prison, but found that due to his disturbed mental state he should instead receive “psychiatric care with a special test for release”. 

In its judgement, the court said that an examination by forensic psychiatrists had found both that there were “medical reasons” why Engström should be transferred into a closed psychiatric facility and that “his insight into the meaning of his actions and his ability to adjust his actions according to such insight were at the very least severely diminished”. 

It said that under Swedish law, a court could send someone to prison who was in need of psychiatric care only if there were “special reasons” to do so. 

“The court considers that it has not been shown that Theodor Engström’s need of psychiatric care is so limited that there is a special reason for a prison sentence,” it ruled. 

Lööf wrote on Instagram that the judgement was “a relief”. 

“For me personally, it was a relief when the judgement came,” she wrote. “Engström has also been judged guilty of ‘preparation for a terror attack through preparation for murder’. This means that the the court is taking the threat towards democracy and towards politicians as extremely serious.”

The fact that the court has decided that Engström’s care should have a “special test for release” means that he cannot be discharged from the closed psychiatric hospital or ward where he is treated without a court decision. 

The court must rule both that the mental disorder that led to the crime has abated to the extent that there is no risk of further crimes, and that he has no other mental disorders that might require compulsory psychiatric care. The care has to be reassessed every six months. 

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