Man jailed after stabbing estranged wife and child

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A man who was separated from his wife was ordered held in custody on Thursday after he stabbed both her and their seven-year-old son outside her home at Kalbakken on Oslo’s northeast side. She died of her stab wounds but their son survived.

The man was quickly apprehended by police and charges against him were heightened to pre-meditated murder. He will remain in custody while police complete their investigation, and he likely faces Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years.

It’s the latest in a string of murders committed by men angry with former partners and the Norwegian Parliament ordered research into the problem four years ago. The research, however, has been hindered by Norway’s own privacy laws, which require that also the assailant approve any use of his personal information. Many don’t.

Four women were killed by their partners last year, when police also received more than 2,600 reports of domestic violence. That’s nearly triple the number in 2007.

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