Kongsberg Attack: Espen Andersen Bråthen sentenced to compulsory mental health care

The Buskerud District Court concluded that Espen Andersen Bråthen was a psychotic madness when he killed five people with a knife and attacked some others in Kongsberg last year.

The verdict against Braaten was announced on Friday morning.

Results were expected as both the prosecution and Espen Andersen Broughten’s defense counsel agreed with a forensic psychiatric expert who stated he had chronic delusional schizophrenia during the trial.

This means that he was mentally ill when he killed Gun Marith Madsen, Hanne Merethe Englund, Andréa Meyer, Gunnar Erling Sauve, and Liv Berit Borge on October 13th last year and tried to kill some others at Kongsberg. To do.

The district court has sentenced Bråthen to compulsory mental health care. This is in line with the claims from both the prosecutor and Braaten’s defenders.

“Sick person”

“We are dealing with sick people,” prosecutor Andreas Christiansen said in his final speech in the district court.

In a trial held at the Hoxund County Courthouse from May 18th to June 6th, the 38-year-old said he felt he had to go out and kill people in order to be reborn for a better life.

He took a bow and arrow and first visited the local grocery store Coop Extra in Nitrget, Kongsberg. There he shot arrows at many and beat three of them, but none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.

Bråthen managed to avoid the first police patrol that came to the store by shooting them an arrow. Later, when the patrol withdrew to wear protective equipment, he exited the emergency exit on the side of the building. After the bow broke, he descended about 150 meters from the co-op, entered the inhabitants’ homes, and killed the people he met with a knife.

He was arrested about 37 minutes after the attack began.

Braaten has a long history of mental illness, and one of the main police hypotheses was that he was mentally ill when he committed the murder. In 2007, he was diagnosed with delusional schizophrenia, a hallmark of psychosis. The forensic psychiatrist who evaluated Braaten believes he is still diagnosed and chronic.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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