The man convicted of killing 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne in August 2012 had his appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court (Høyesterett) on Tuesday. The 39-year-old has consistently denied his guilt, but was convicted by the appeals court in Oslo in May and sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care.
The jury decided the man had killed Sigrid, but deemed him insane after much disagreement among experts over the state of his psychological health. The court sentenced him to compulsory treatment, rather than a prison term. The Supreme Court saw no reason to overturn the verdict and sentence, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
“Sigrid’s parents are very relieved and pleased with the result, and that this part of the case is now over,” said lawyer Harald Stabell. He said the two long trials had put a strain on the family. “To hear the convicted explain himself and see him during the court proceedings has been an enormous burden. Now this part of the case is settled, and the family is relieved.”
Sigrid’s murder sparked the largest-ever search in Oslo. She disappeared from Østensjø in August 2012, and her body was found at Kolbotn a month later. The convicted man was charged with murder the same day. Sigrid’s parents had hoped the man would be found sane, and sentenced to prison.
“We must just take note that the acquittal of punishment and transfer to psychiatry is final,” said the man’s defense lawyer John Christian Elden.