Suspected murder at Stockholm hotel

Police suspect that a woman who was found dead in a hotel room in central Stockholm on Saturday afternoon was murdered.

Suspected murder at Stockholm hotel

“We can confirm that it is a woman whom we believe was slain and we have therefore launched a preliminary investigation into murder or manslaughter,” police spokesman Lars Byström told news agency TT.

It was a cleaner who found the woman’s body in one of the guestrooms at the four-star Hotel Birger Jarl on Saturday afternoon. Hotel staff called the police around 1.30pm and just 20 minutes later a preliminary police investigation was already underway.

Hotel manager Marianne Hultberg told reporters that the cleaner had first thought the woman was asleep. She was later questioned by police officers and Hultberg said she was doing well considering the circumstances.

Police also questioned other staff members and hotel guests and conducted a forensic investigation at the hotel.

The first floor, just above the hotel lobby, was cordoned off and people entering the hotel were asked to confirm that they were booked-in guests.

Byström did not want to comment on what the slain woman’s age might have been. He said the police would only share restricted information about the investigation as they were still trying to confirm the victim’s identity.

“If you are staying at the hotel you may have heard or seen something so we are of course trying to get in contact with other guests at the hotel,” crime scene investigator Sven-Erik Olsson told tabloid Aftonbladet.

Hultberg told the tabloid Expressen that hotel managers were giving guests as much information as possible. “But you also have to remember that it happens that people die in hotels,” she added.

The police cordons were reportedly removed on Saturday night, but the victim had still not been identified, there were no known murder suspects and police had made no arrests.

Hultberg said the first-floor room where the dead body was found would be cleaned and rented out as usual on Sunday.

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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