Two men have have finally been handed jail terms for a murder in Oslo that occurred nearly 15 years ago. One was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison, while his accomplice will be jailed for three years.
Both were found guilty of killing young Egil Tostrup Bråten in a botched robbery attempt in 2002. Bråten had recently moved to Oslo and was returning home from an evening at the cinema when he was held up at knifepoint near his home on Nordahl Bruns Gate.
He was later found stabbed after his assailants fled. The case was long one of Oslo’s unsolved murder mysteries but police never gave up. New analysis of DNA from the murder site suddenly led to a breakthrough and the arrests of the two defendants, who were just 16 and 18 years old at the time of the murder. Their trial began last spring.
The older defendant, now 33 and the father of small children, confessed to trying to rob Bråthen but claimed his murder was not intentional. He implicated his accomplice, now 30. The 33-year-old was sentenced to the longer jail term, and ordered to pay NOK 240,000 (USD 29,000) to each of Bråten’s parents, while the 30-year-old was found guilty of robbery and trying to conceal evidence and ordered to serve three years in jail.
Prosecutors were considering an appeal, since the prison terms were less than they’d requested.