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Suspect in Helsinki child murder ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation

A man suspected of killing a young boy in Helsinki on Christmas Eve was ordered by the city's district court to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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Candles in memorial of the young boy murdered on Christmas Eve. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The man suspected of killing a young boy in Helsinki's Arabianranta district on Christmas Eve has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation during a pre-trial hearing at Helsinki District Court on Friday.

The hearings were held behind closed doors.

The suspect, a 36-year-old man, was apprehended at the scene following the crime, and is suspected of killing a 7-year-old boy. The foreign-background man was the victim's uncle.

According to the police, the suspect has confessed to the crime. During the hearing, he spoke of delusions that contributed to the act.

At the time of the crime, the suspect, who has a previous criminal record, was a guest at the victim’s home in Arabianranta.

Lead investigator Kirsi Kanth previously told Yle that the crime was particularly brutal and cruel.

The deadline for filing charges is 6 March.

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