Sture Bergwall. Photo: Yvonne Åsell / Scanpix.

Cleared "serial killer" to stay in psychiatric care?

Sture Bergwall, formerly known as Thomas Quick, should remain in psychiatric care, according to a new recommendation by the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare's Legal Advisory Council.

Bergwall was recently cleared of the murder of a 15-year-old, meaning he has now been exonerated of a series of murders between 1994 and 2001 that he had originally confessed to.

But in a recommendation to a local court the Legal Advisory Council says that the risk of Bergwall returning to criminality can only be ruled out once he has first spent time in an open psychiatric unit.

He was originally sentenced to psychiatric care in the early nineties after robbing a bank. He had previously been given care after sexually assaulting several children in the late 1960's.

Bergwall's lawyer says he is very disappointed at the council's decision.

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