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German woman’s murderer found guilty. UPDATED: Jæren District Court sentences Thomas Müller (34) to 21 years in jail for killing and raping his 36-year-old wife, Agnes. “The Court finds beyond a doubt that the accused acted with premeditation when he killed Agnes,” the judgment reads. Judges found no mitigating circumstances. According to the Court document, the murder of Agnes Elisabeth Müller (hereafter known as Agnes) took place at the couple’s home in Rogaland County’s Forsand municipality at some stage between the evening of 16th and morning of 17th April this year.

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German woman’s murderer found guilty

Published on Friday, 5th December, 2014 at 09:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th December 2014 at 11:56.

UPDATED: Jæren District Court sentences Thomas Müller (34) to 21 years in jail for killing and raping his 36-year-old wife, Agnes.

Jæren District Court
Court Judges were unanimous in their trial verdict and found no extenuating circumstances.Jæren District Court
Photo: J. Ådnanes/Wikimedia Commons


“The Court finds beyond a doubt that the accused acted with premeditation when he killed Agnes,” the judgment reads. Judges found no mitigating circumstances.

According to the Court document, the murder of Agnes Elisabeth Müller (hereafter known as Agnes) took place at the couple’s home in Rogaland County’s Forsand municipality at some stage between the evening of 16th and morning of 17th April this year.

Having raped and strangled her, Mr Müller, who worked as a plumber, then transported her body in a boat out into Lysefjorden in an inflatable rubber boat.

He sank the deceased to a depth of 70 metres. An iron bar was secured to her corpse to weigh it down.

Mr Müller reported his wife missing three days later. Police then started searching for Agnes on 19th April.

Internet keyword search

Agnes Elisabeth Müller
Agnes Elisabeth Müller
Rogaland Police District
Police had first interviewed Mr Müller on 25th April. His status at the time was as a witness.

He was arrested three days later and placed in custody on remand. Police also indicted him with having murdered his spouse.

The accused claimed at the time that Agnes had travelled to Germany or Poland to begin a new life there, according to police.

She worked as a hairdresser in Sandnes municipality’s Ganddal at the time.

Officers had also seized a tablet belonging to Mr Müller, found during a search of the couple’s home.

Examining its contents showed that he had searched for keywords in German. These included the depth of Lysefjord, “wife disappeared”, and those related to murder. How to spy on mobiles was also searched for.

Investigations revealed purchases too, amongst others a Dictaphone – which prosecutors had alleged was used for surveillance of Agnes – tarpaulin, and rope.  

On 4th May, divers found a wrapped object at the bottom of the fjord at Dørvika. It transpired this was Agnes’ body.

Officers confronted Mr Müller on the 6th of that month. The day after, he admitted to killing her, but claimed she had agreed to the killing.

Unanimous verdict

During questioning, Mr Müller had also claimed that he and Agnes had planned her disappearance, that she wanted to die, and that she had asked him for help with taking her own life on several occasions.  

Forsand Church, where Agnes' funeral was held
Forsand Church, where Agnes' funeral was held
Rune Sattler/Wikimedia Commons
Moreover, he had alleged Agnes was suffering from work and happiness-related problems, and that they both had devised the murder and disappearance.

“The Court does not believe the accused’ statement where he claims that Agnes was killed due to her own consent or that she participated in planning the murder,” reads the judgment from Jæren District Court.

In addition to his jail term of 21 years, the maximum sentence permitted under Norwegian law, Mr Müller is ordered to pay compensation for loss of dependency income to both children of 740,000 and 665,000 Norwegian kroner, respectively*.

The siblings were 10 and 8 when the murder was committed.

34-year-old Mr Müller must also pay pecuniary damages to both children of 200,000 kroner each.  

Judges in the proceedings were Ingrid Håvarstein Eldøy, Marit Qvalbeen, and Bjørn Knutsen.

Their decision was unanimous.

The Prosecution and the Defence were Public Prosecutor Tormod Haugnes and lawyer Ørjan Eskeland, respectively.

*NOK 1 = USD 0.14/EUR 0.11/GBP 0.09 at today’s ROE.



Published on Friday, 5th December, 2014 at 09:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th December 2014 at 11:56.

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





  
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