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The Foreigner Breivik trial day 12: Utøya victims’ life stories transcend the tragedy. Not just the 69 victims’ wounds brought tears to the eyes of many on day 12 of the Anders Behring Breivik trial. Fond memories of each of the deceased moved everyone except the accused, reports say. Oslo District Court began, Friday, hearing the summaries of the autopsy reports of 69 people who lost their lives in the shooting rampage at Utøya Island on July 22, 2011. After an autopsy report of each of the nine victims was presented to the court, their family counsel read a brief description about the deceased. Trond Berntsen, the off-duty police officer was the first victim of the shootings at the island mentioned. As his picture appeared on a small screen in the courtroom, his family’s lawyer told the court that Berntsen’s children describe him as the world's best dad. He was 51.

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Breivik trial day 12: Utøya victims’ life stories transcend the tragedy

Published on Friday, 4th May, 2012 at 21:16 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

Not just the 69 victims’ wounds brought tears to the eyes of many on day 12 of the Anders Behring Breivik trial. Fond memories of each of the deceased moved everyone except the accused, reports say.



Oslo District Court began, Friday, hearing the summaries of the autopsy reports of 69 people who lost their lives in the shooting rampage at Utøya Island on July 22, 2011. After an autopsy report of each of the nine victims was presented to the court, their family counsel read a brief description about the deceased.

Trond Berntsen, the off-duty police officer was the first victim of the shootings at the island mentioned. As his picture appeared on a small screen in the courtroom, his family’s lawyer told the court that Berntsen’s children describe him as the world's best dad. He was 51.

45-year-old Monica Elisabeth Bøsei was fondly called ‘Mother Utøya’. Her family counsel told the court that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had referred to her as "a rock and a mother on Utøya". "In a camp with 600 children, there must be one boss. Monica was a bold, authoritative and a kind boss," the counsel quoted Stoltenberg as saying. 

Next, the court heard of Rune Havdal, who was 43 when he died. His lawyer described Havdal as a person who brought a sense of security to all those around him. "He had a large family and many friends," said Havdal’s counsel on behalf of the family.

43-year-old Hanne Anette Balch Fjalestad was also on the island on that fateful day. Her lawyer told the court that Fjalestad, who devoted much of her life to volunteer work, tried to protect many of those on the island, among them her daughter (20), who survived the massacre.

The next victim that the court heard of was 30-year-old Snorre Haller. A painter by profession, he was active in politics and the fight for Labour rights. 

25-year-old Rolf Christopher Johansen Perreau was also one of Labour Party's prominent youth members. At the Labour Party's national convention in 2009, he received the legal right to an apprenticeship. His girlfriend was present in court today.

The average age of those who died in the attacks was 18, and one among them was 17-year-old Lejla Selaci, the leader of AUF Fredrikstad.

Her family counsel described her as someone who always stood up for justice and solidarity. Her favorite quote was "you should be to others what others are against you," the counsel added, telling the court tearfully that her family said, “We will meet again. Rest in peace, we love you.”

Secretary of Alta AUF wing and an active swimmer was how the family lawyer for 16-year-old victim Steinar Jessen’s family characterized him. His friends and family described him as a kind and caring boy. He could not stand and watch someone being left out, said his counsel.

It was Birgitte Smetbak’s second visit to Utøya, her lawyer told the court about the last victim mentioned in today's proceedings. The 15-year-old was interested in music and was a very caring person. Birgitte had begun to make plans for the future and was very mature for her age, her counsel said on behalf of the family.

Oslo District Court reconvenes on Monday.

(Compiled by Geetika Nautiyal).



Published on Friday, 4th May, 2012 at 21:16 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, oslodistrictcourt, utoeyashootings, utoya.





  
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