Police in Bergen announced Thursday that they’d filed murder charges against two women after a 65-year-old man was found dead in his house at Sandvoll in scenic Kvinnherad on Wednesday evening. There now have been 29 murders in Norway so far this year, more than in all of last year. reported newspaper VG.
The dead man was found in the entryway of what was described as his “idyllic” white wooden house on the fjord just north of Skånevik, with VG reporting that the murder scene was bloody and showed signs of a struggle. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported a “close relationship” between one of the women and the man.
The women, aged 36 and 47, were arrested during the night and charged “on the background of information gathered during the investigation,” Carl Petter Leganger of the Hordaland Police District told reporters.
Details remained sketchy and additional police criminal technicians were on their way to the murder scene Thursday.
The murder is the latest in a string of murders in Norway this year. The number of murders has doubled, from 14 reported during the first seven months of last year. There were 28 murders in Norway in all of 2012, compared to 29 in the first six months of this year.