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Accused German murderer faces 21 years in jail. STAVANGER: Agnes Elisabeth Müller’s husband remains on remand for her murder. Western Norway police updated The Foreigner of the latest at their press conference, Friday. Police lawyer Kristin Nord-Varhaug said he is charged with murder in the third degree. Developments in legal proceedings against him are expected to take place on 20th August. According to current investigations, Mr Müller strangled his wife and dumped her body in Lysefjord.

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Accused German murderer faces 21 years in jail

Published on Friday, 27th June, 2014 at 20:54 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th June 2014 at 01:38.

STAVANGER: Agnes Elisabeth Müller’s husband remains on remand for her murder. Western Norway police updated The Foreigner of the latest at their press conference, Friday.

Stavanger Police Station
The accused Thomas Müller may be sentenced to the maximum prison sentence under Norwegian law for his crime. Stavanger Police Station
Photo: ©2014 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner


Police lawyer Kristin Nord-Varhaug said he is charged with murder in the third degree. Developments in legal proceedings against him are expected to take place on 20th August.

According to current investigations, Mr Müller strangled his wife and dumped her body in Lysefjord.

He then sank the corpse to a depth of 70 metres with the aid of an iron pole secured to her body to weigh it down.

Why did the accused choose that particular spot to dump the body, because it’s deeper further in?

Kristin Nord-Varhaug
Kristin Nord-Varhaug
©2014 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner
“I can’t give further details regarding his statement as to why he chose that place,” said police lawyer Nord-Varhaug, “but I can say she was sunk to 70 metres depth in Dørvika.”

He carried this out about 150 metres from the shore. Dørvika is in the municipality of Forsand.

VG reported Mr Müller had googled how to sink a corpse one day before the murder. He had bought a rubber boat, boat cover, and wire in advance.

His wife was last seen in the vicinity of Oanes ferry quay around 11pm on 16th April. Mr Müller only alerted police three days later.

Although he subsequently confessed to carrying out the acts, his defence lawyer Ørjan Eskeland reports his client refuses to acknowledge his guilt.

What are the reasons he chose to tell the police what he did?

“He’s undergone several police interrogations, and he explained after she was found that it was she who wanted to die. We don’t regard this as a credible explanation, and this is why he is charged with pre-meditated murder,” the police’s Kristin Nord-Varhaug said.

The crime carries the maximum penalty allowed under the law, which is 21 years.

Forsand in Rogaland, western Norway
Forsand in Rogaland, western Norway
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“He has now admitted to murder in the second degree, claiming that it was she who initiated it,” concluded police lawyer Nord-Varhaug.

Thomas Müller and his wife moved from Hamburg in Germany to Norway in 2009 with two children, now aged 7 and 11.

It is believed they had considerable marriage problems, and it was she who wanted to leave her husband, VG wrote.

Timeline of the actions involved in the murder of Agnes Müller (sources: VG and Stavanger Aftenblad):

  • Unknown date in April prior to disappearance: Agnes Elisabeth Müller’s husband Thomas Müller, 34, Googles how to sink a corpse.
  • 16th April: Mrs Müller last seen in Oanes ferry quay vicinity. Husband drowned the corpse that evening, or in early morning of 17th April, according to She died as a result of strangulation.
  • 19th April: Thomas Müller reports his wife missing to the police.
  • 28th April: Police detain Mr Müller for drowning his wife. Her corpse had not been found at that point. Charged with murder in the second degree.
  • 6th May: Police find the wrapped body of Agnes Elisabeth Müller at a depth of 70 metres in the Lysefjord, 150 metres from the shore of Dørvika. They also found a blue rubber boat.
  • 7th May: Thomas Müller confesses to the murder on his wife.
  • 28th May: The accused is charged with murder in the third degree.
  • 28th May: The late Mrs Müller’s funeral was held at Forsand church.


Published on Friday, 27th June, 2014 at 20:54 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th June 2014 at 01:38.

This post has the following tags: murder, norway, rogaland.





  
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