An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison under special terms that can keep him in custody for much longer to protect the public. He’s convicted of having stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death in Vinstra in October 2018.
The Eidsivating appeals court found the defendant guilty of having killed Laura Iris Haugen by stabbing her 20 times, and stabbing a neighbour who tried to intervene in the attack.
The young defendant confessed to the actual crime but denied responsibility on the grounds he was psychotic at the time. There was no clear motive for the attack, but court psychiatrists determined he was not psychotic and able to stand trial.
The sentence is among the longest ever handed down to such a young defendant, who was also just 16 at the time of the crime. The court decreed that he would have been sentenced to Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years if he’d been of legal age at the time of the murder.