COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A person was discovered responsible Friday of homicide and tried homicide for fatally stabbing 5 folks and wounding 4 others in southern Norway when he attacked strangers with a bow and arrows and knives.
The Buskerud District Courtroom sentenced Espen Andersen Bråthen to obligatory psychological well being care. Three forensic psychiatric specialists who assessed him concluded he has persistent paranoid schizophrenia and was mentally unwell on the time of the assault on Oct. 13, 2021. Each the prosecution and the protection had known as for obligatory psychological well being look after Andersen Bråthen.
Andersen Bråthen was discovered responsible of 11 counts of tried homicide for capturing at folks with a bow and arrows in Kongsberg, a former mining city of 26,000 folks. He was carrying 62 arrows and 4 knives on the time of the assault.
The three-judge courtroom mentioned the defendant had defined through the trial that began in Might and lasted till June 6 “that he had determined to kill folks to be able to obtain rebirth. He mentioned he thought he was going to go blind. The accused subsequently believed that it was pressing to kill.”
Andersen Bråthen had watched “numerous movies” exhibiting conditions the place folks have been stabbed, and had defined “that he watched such movies to learn to use weapons in order that they grew to become as lethal as attainable,” the courtroom mentioned.
The 38-year-old’s protection lawyer, Fredrik Neumann, mentioned, based on Norwegian broadcaster NRK, that his shopper “had delusions with non secular and magical content material.”
“We’re coping with a sick individual. An individual who’s with out guilt,” prosecutor Andreas Christiansen mentioned in his last speech, Norwegian information company NTB wrote. One other prosecutor, Vibeke Gjøslien Martins, mentioned that he “didn’t cease till he was arrested, and he had a transparent and distinct purpose of killing extra,” NRK quoted her as saying.
Andersen Bråthen was arrested greater than half an hour after he began firing arrows inside a grocery retailer and attacking folks inside their houses. He attacked folks with knives after his bow broke, the courtroom mentioned.
Andersen Bråthen additionally was sentenced to pay compensations to the victims.
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