An appeals court in Norway has convicted a 16-year-old girl of murder and attempted murder, and sentenced her to 12 years in jail. The teenager stabbed two random victims inside a shopping center in Kristiansand last year.
One of her victims, 17-year-old Marie Skuland, died of her wounds. Another young woman, 24-year-old Christine Aaneland, survived the attack inside Sørlandssenteret in July 2017.
A local lower court had also convicted the 16-year-old, who has not been publicly idenfied, but sentenced her to 11 years in prison. The appeals court has therefore lengthened her sentence, while claiming she knew what she was doing and that she wanted her victims to die. The court “disregards the defendant’s claim that she only wanted to injure Skuland and Aaneland, and didn’t think it probable that would die.”
“I’m not surprised the court has increased her jail term,” prosecutor Jan Tallaksen told TV2 Friday afternoon. The 16-year-old’s defense attorney, Hege Aarli Klem, said her client was “very, very disappointed” by the verdict and would consider an appeal to Norway’s Supreme Court.