An asylum seeker from South Sudan who stabbed three persons to death on a long-distance bus in the mountains of Norway last fall was not psychotic at the time of his murder spree, according to court-appointed psychiatrists. They ruled he was sane and able to stand trial.
The 31-year-old man was about to be deported from Norway following rejection of his asylum application, when he stabbed two fellow passengers and the driver of a regularly scheduled Valdresekspressen bus on November 5 last year. The bloody stabbing spree shocked the country and raised new questions about how deportations are handled.
The psychiatrists, after observation at St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim and at a psychiatric clinic in Bergen, claim the man was neither psychotic nor otherwise mentally disturbed and can stand trial and be sentenced to prison. It remained unclear when his case will come up for trial. He earlier has refused to be questioned by police.