On October 13, Espen Andersen Brathen, 38, terrorized Kongsberg, a quiet town in southeastern Norway, by attacking several people with a bow and arrow inside and outside a supermarket. , then stabbing five other residents to death in their homes or on the street.
The defendant, who has suffered from mental illness for many years, had pleaded guilty to five homicides and eleven attempted homicides at the start of his trial in Hokksund on May 18.
In their verdict pronounced Thursday, the judges considered that “the defendant clearly had comprehension and functional disorders because of his condition” at the time of the attack.
“The Court therefore judges that the defendant cannot be held criminally responsible for any of the counts”, we can still read.
The decision to subject Brathen to forced psychiatric treatment is not a surprise since both the prosecution and the defense had advocated confinement in a specialized institution rather than a prison sentence.
Arrested 35 minutes after the first reports, Brathen, who was armed that day with a bow, 62 arrows and knives, was quickly placed in a medical institution.
Three experts who observed him concluded that he had suffered from paranoid schizophrenia since 2007.
His five victims were four women and one man aged 52 to 78.