Viggo Kristiansen, convicted of the rapes and murders of two young girls at Baneheia in Kristiansand 14 years ago, was released for five hours of unsupervised leave from prison two weeks ago. His release upset Ada Sofie Austegard, the mother of one of the murdered girls, reported state broadcaster NRK.
Kristiansen, now age 35, is serving Norway’s maximum prison term of 21 years but with a provision known as forvaring, aimed to protect the public from particularly violent criminals. It means he can be kept in prison longer than his sentence.
“We have expected that he would get leave, but as long as he was held under protective custody, we had hoped it would take longer,” Austegard, who has become a leading advocate of victims’ rights in Norway, told NRK. Instead, she received a letter from the prison informing her that Kristiansen would be allowed some freedom, which he spent on a beach near Sandvika on the Oslo Fjord on Saturday August 2.
“It was terribly tough to get that message,” Austegard said. Krisianten’s co-defendant in the murder case has also been granted leave from prison on an earlier occasion.