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Murder suspect back in Norway

The 23-year-old stepson of a man found murdered and his body burned at Øyer in Gudbrandsdalen last month was extradited to Norway over the weekend. Kim Andreas Kristiansen had turned himself in to police in the Netherlands after an international warrant was issued for his arrest.

He’s charged in the murder of his stepfather, 58-year-old Bjarte Hansen, and was already undergoing questioning at the police station in Lillehammer both Saturday and Sunday.

Police intended to ask a local court on Monday to hold Kristiansen in custody for at least four weeks, two of the them in semi-isolation, while they continue to investigate the case.

Kristiansen reportedly was cooperating with police but state broadcaster NRK reported that he claimed to remember little from his last meeting with his stepfather, in the basement apartment that they shared at a house in Øyer. “He has said that he can’t understand that anyone else can have carried out the murder,” his defense attorney Geir Lippestad told NRK on Saturday. “He admits that no one else was present either.”

Kristiansen objects to being held in custody, however, and won’t admit to the murder himself. A 21-year-old companion of Kristiansen is also under arrest in the case, after blood was found in his car. Police suspect Hansen was killed in the apartment and then transported to the forest area where his body had been set on fire. Autopsy results of the charred remains were pending. staff



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