Appeals court upholds maximum murder sentence

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An appeals court in western Norway has agreed that a 35-year-old German man resident in Rogaland County should be sentenced to 21 years in prison, Norway’s maximum punishment, for the rape and murder of his wife Agnes Müller, also from Germany. He had admitted to the murder but claimed his wife wanted to die.

Agnes Müller was first reported missing in April of last year, setting off a major search. Her husband, who worked as a plumber, was eventually charged in the case and he was convicted of raping and strangling her before weighing down her body and dumping it in the deep waters of the Lysefjord.

Prosecutor Tormod Haugnes had said he could find no circumstances to lessen the charges against Müller and the court agreed. The couple’s two children were earlier sent to live with relatives in Germany. staff