A 55-year-old Norwegian prison inmate who has admitted to murdering a fellow prisoner convicted of numerous sexual assaults on children has confessed to two attempted murders of other inmates as well. He also has clarified his motive.
“The motive was his irritation against the men convicted of assaults,” his defense attorney Oscar Ihlebæk told newspaper Aftenposten. He confirmed that his client has also been charged with the attempted murders of two other inmates at the Ringerike Prison near Hønefoss who were convicted of sexual assaults on children.
“The defendant has not hidden the fact that over time, he has found it difficult to relate to fellow prisoners who have committed sexual assaults, especially those who have assaulted children,” Ihlebæk said. “He has several children and grandchildren himself.”
His murder victim was a 58-year-old Norwegian man who’d been convicted of a series of assaults. There were many witnesses to the murder which took place in a common area of the prison on February 25. Ihlebæk wouldn’t comment on what sort of weapon was used, but denied it was something his client had made.
The 55-year-old is already serving a 17-year murder sentence in another case. He reportedly is aware that he now may be sentenced to Norway’s special form of custody called forvaring, meant to protect the public from particularly dangerous convicts and which could keep him in prison for life.