Families disappointed over murderer’s mild punishment

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The families of two people murdered by a 16-year-old boy in Kristiansand last winter were surprised and disappointed that his appeal of protective custody was granted. The young murderer was instead handed an 11-year jail term, likely to be served at a juvenile detention facility with parole in just seven years.

The 16-year-old stabbed another younger teenager, 14-year-old Jakob Hassan, to death on the grounds of a local school after Hassan allegedly hadn’t repaid a small sum of money. The 16-year-old also stabbed a woman, Tone Ilebekk, who happened to be out walking her dog in the area and rushed over to intervene and assist Hassan.

The protective custody sentence issued by a city court would have kept the young murderer confined indefinitely, until a judge determined it was safe to send him back into society. A lawyer representing Ilebekk’s family said they were “extremely disappointed” that the indefinite protective custody order was revoked. “When someone can carry out such gruesome murders, they can’t understand that any other sentence can be correct,” lawyer Tove Karslen Westbye told news bureau NTB. The lawyer for the family of young Hassan said they were also “very disappointed.”

The court reportedly took into account the murderer’s own young age in setting the 11-year term. The court also granted compensation to the two families equivalent to around USD 100,000 each.

newsinenglish.no staff