Murder defendant faces maximum prison term

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Prosecutors in Rogaland County, western Norway, are asking the court in Jæren to sentence a German man accused of murdering his wife to Norway’s maximum prison term of 21 years. The defendant, however, claims his wife asked him to kill her.

The couple lived in western Norway and had two children, who since have been sent to live with relatives in Germany. The defendant has admitted to killing his wife, Agnes Müller, but denies he should be held criminally liable.

Müller disappeared from the couple’s home in April, setting off a massive search that lasted until June, when her body was found bound in plastic and dumped in the Lysefjord, at a depth of 70 meters.

Her husband had already been arrested and now is charged with both murder and rape. Prosecutor Tormod Haugnes claimed in court, when the defendant’s trial began this week, that “the best that can be said about (the defendant’s) explanation is that he’s not a very bright criminal. He made all the mistakes he could. Police could quickly arrest him and, after competent police work, find the deceased in the fjord.”

Defense attorney dismissed the prosecutor’s claims and demanded that his client be acquitted and freed. The trial will continue next week.

newsinenglish.no staff