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Breivik Trial Day 36: Public reactions, time, and the second psychiatric report. UPDATED: The only witness on day 36 was Karl Heinrik Melle, leader of the psychiatric group in the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine. Melle told the court that the forensic board members each read and considered the first report individually before meeting to discuss the findings. Although the board were in place to make sure the report contained no methodological errors, all seven members agreed that Breivik was psychotic when he carried out his attacks.

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Breivik Trial Day 36: Public reactions, time, and the second psychiatric report

Published on Tuesday, 12th June, 2012 at 21:59 under the news category, by Ben McPherson and Geetika Nautiyal and Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 13th June 2012 at 21:12.

UPDATED: The only witness on day 36 was Karl Heinrik Melle, leader of the psychiatric group in the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine.

Oslo District Courthouse
Oslo District Courthouse
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Melle told the court that the forensic board members each read and considered the first report individually before meeting to discuss the findings.

Although the board were in place to make sure the report contained no methodological errors, all seven members agreed that Breivik was psychotic when he carried out his attacks.

Melle said that experts Agnar Aspaas and Terje Tørrisen in charge of completing the second report had a harder job than initial court-appointed psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim, as it was harder to make reliable observations the more time passed.

Melle also claimed that the reaction from the public over the first report caused Breivik to modify his behaviour before the observations took place for the second report.

Moreover, he said that although the board were reluctant to accept the conclusions made in the second report, the experts did a good job.

Melle stated that the authors of the first report might have over-interpreted some of Breivik’s symptoms.

He was also critical of the reference to neologisms used by Breivik, something that can be seen as a symptom of schizophrenia, as the words Breivik used have been commonly used on the Internet.

During the description of what was included in the first report, Breivik interrupted, accusing the authors of writing fairytales.

Melle was also asked for explanations for some of the comments made by the Board of Forensic Medicine.

Oslo District Court was adjourned for the day after Breivik made a few comments about Melle and the Board of Forensic Medicine.

Initial court-appointed psychiatric experts Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim are now set to testify tomorrow.


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Published on Tuesday, 12th June, 2012 at 21:59 under the news category, by Ben McPherson and Geetika Nautiyal and Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 13th June 2012 at 21:12.

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





  
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