Police all over Norway reported cases of violence often caused by drunkenness during the New Year’s holiday. Two murders were linked to domestic violence, which characterized many of the calls for help that also left ambulance drivers feeling threatened.
In one case, a man in his 40s was charged with murdering his mother in her 60s, while his father was present. When police arrived at the couple’s home in Lørenskog, northeast of Oslo, they found the woman dead and her husband badly shaken. The defendant later admitted killing his mother but the motive was not revealed.
In another case, a father and son were found dead on a farm in Levanger. Police described the case as a murder-suicide but would not reveal further details. State broadcaster NRK said they’d been called to the farm by worried relatives who were unable to establish contact with either of the victims.
Ambulance drivers in southeastern Norway told NRK they have seen an increase in cases of domestic violence often involving drunken family members, not least during holiday periods. They often are threatened themselves when trying to assist the injured.