The 39-year-old man convicted of killing 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne in August 2012 was sentenced to mandatory psychiatric treatment by an appeals court in Oslo this week. He denies he’s psychotic and killed Schjetne, but the jury and judge thought otherwise.
“Now Sigrid’s parents wish that this case will come to an end,” their court-appointed lawyer, Harald Stabell, told reporters after Wednesday’s verdict was read. The man, who can appeal to the Supreme Court, was also ordered to pay NOK 100,000 in compensation to each of the victim’s parents but the amount was reduced because of his allegedly reduced mental capacity.
“This case has never been about money but instead about getting an answer to what happened with Sigrid,” Stabell said. “Her parents haven’t received those answers, unfortunately.” The convict’s defense attorney stressed that his client disagrees that he’s psychotic, as forensic psychiatrists have determined, and denies he caused Schjetne’s death.
She never returned home after visiting a friend in the neighbourhood where they lived on Oslo’s east side. Her disappearance set off what’s believed to be the biggest search in the city’s history. Police eventually were led to the area around a barn and garage area 15 kilometers away where they found Sigrid’s body wrapped in plastic and well-hidden. The area was frequented by the 39-year-old and prosecutors claimed he kidnapped Schjetne, possibly after running into her with his car in a crosswalk, then killed her and dumped her body.