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Breivik Trial Day 41: Two bereaved family members recounted feelings, experts explained Utøya effects. UPDATED: The first witness of the day lost his wife during the bomb blast in the government quarter. He told the court that he was in a state of shock and did not get any real reactions to the events until months later. The witness also said the son of a colleague was on Utøya but survived the attacks, luckily. He recounted that he has tried to live as normally as possible but has very hard moments.

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Breivik Trial Day 41: Two bereaved family members recounted feelings, experts explained Utøya effects

Published on Wednesday, 20th June, 2012 at 01:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ben McPherson and Geetika Nautiyal and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 20th June 2012 at 21:20.

UPDATED: The first witness of the day lost his wife during the bomb blast in the government quarter.

Mette Yvonne Larsen
Counsel for some of the aggrieved Mette Yvonne Larsen was also clearly moved by today's testimonyMette Yvonne Larsen
Photo: ©2012 Ben McPherson/The Foreigner


He told the court that he was in a state of shock and did not get any real reactions to the events until months later. The witness also said the son of a colleague was on Utøya but survived the attacks, luckily.

He recounted that he has tried to live as normally as possible but has very hard moments.

Counsel for the aggrieved Mette Yvonne Larsen asked the witness to describe his wife to the court. His testimony left people in the courtroom wiping away tears.

The witness told the court he does not want Norway to become a closed society following the attacks, and thinks it is good that politicians can walk down the street without fearing for their safety.

He also discussed the support group that he runs, and how talking things through with people who share a common experience is good.

The second witness lost her son during the shootings on Utøya and that she and her husband left their office 10 minutes before the bomb blast.

She told the court about how her son rang to say there was shooting on the island, how she tried to calm him down, and said that she would try to get help.

The witness added that she rang the police 112 emergency number but could not get the people on the other end of the phone to understand the seriousness of what was happening.

She said that she regrets not telling her son to swim from the island as he was a good swimmer.

The Witness explained how hard it has been since the attacks and how she hopes that the end of the trial will make things easier.

Today’s third witness was Dagfinn Vinje, an associate professor in clinical psychology from the University of Bergen. Are Holen from the University of Trondheim also testified.

The two witnesses were asked to look into the psychological effects that Utøya caused. The Board of Forensic Medicine has passed their report.

They discussed the methodology used for their report and how among their own research they had access to police information, and had heard the testimonies presented in court.

The witnesses talked about the post traumatic stress disorder suffered by those who survived.

They also discussed stressors, as well as how things in everyday life can trigger memories of the events.

The witnesses told the court about the symptoms that sufferers are likely to feel. These included joylessness and panic-anxiety.

They also described the importance that support groups can have for those who survived as everyone there shared the same experiences.

Moreover, they said how victims can become heroes, while survivors feel a sense of guilt over what happened.

Breivik made some comments relating to the days proceedings before the court was adjourned after these witnesses had given their testimonies.


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Published on Wednesday, 20th June, 2012 at 01:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ben McPherson and Geetika Nautiyal and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 20th June 2012 at 21:20.

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





  
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