The New Year had barely begun before Norway registered its first murder, in the west coast city of Haugesund. A 28-year-old man was stabbed to death outside a quiet residential complex, while he was attempting to set off some fireworks.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the man had attended a party with neighbours and went outdoors to light fireworks, when he allegedly was attacked by two younger men, one of them a 20-year-old British citizen in the company of a 23-year-old Norwegian.
The young British man claims he had nothing to do with the murder and had never met the victim. His defense attorney, Helene Haugland, told NRK that he had been visiting Norway and the 23-year-old, who was due to undergo questioning by police on Sunday.
Both men remained in custody, arrested shortly after police were called to the scene of the murder at 1:28am Saturday. Ambulance personnel failed to revive the 28-year-old and he was declared dead at the scene. The two suspects were arrested nearby after tips from witnesses.