Father sentenced for ‘executing’ his son

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The local court in Gjøvik sentenced a 45-year-old father to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting and then killing his adopted teenage son, in what the court described as resembling “a pure execution.” The man accepted his prison term and won’t file an appeal.

Oscar André Ocampo Overn was just 15 years old when he was assaulted and then strangled in the family’s home at Kapp in Toten, an otherwise peaceful rural town on the banks of Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa. It emerged even before the father’s trial began that he had been sexually assaulting his son, who’d been adopted from Colombia at the age of one, for several years.

When the boy finally confided in a friend and then his mother, a confrontation between the two parents resulted in another violent incident, in which the man locked his wife in their bedroom, assaulted and then killed their son after the two younger children had left for school on the morning of October 8 last year. He admitted to the murder, and never exhibited any signs of regret during the course of his trial.

The court cut one year off of Norway’s longest sentence of 21 years, because the man had cooperated with police. The lawyer representing the family said the boy’s mother was relieved that her husband received a 20-year jail term, which will keep him locked up for at least 12 years, at which point he can apply for parole. “The worst thing for the family is that he (the father) had no regrets,” lawyer Inger Marie Støen told state broadcaster NRK.

NewsInEnglish.no staff