A 32-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Egil Tostrup Bråten in November 2002 has now confessed to stabbing Bråten on an Oslo street. He claims, however, that he had no intention of killing Bråten.
The case was one of Norway’s major unsolved murders and police in Oslo never closed their investigation. A breakthrough led to the arrests of the 32-year-old and an alleged accomplice, now aged 30. Both were just 18 and 16 at the time of the crime.
News bureau NTB reported over the weekend that the stabbing occurred after the two defendants encountered Bråten, who had recently moved to Oslo from rural Hedmark County, and demanded to use his mobile telephone. A quarrel reportedly broke out, leading to the 30-year-old stabbing Bråten with a screwdriver and the 32-year-old drawing the knife.
A defense attorney for the 32-year-old said his client claims “he didn’t mean to stab him and he didn’t mean to kill or injure him.” Bråten died shortly after being found lying outside his apartment building.