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The Foreigner Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne murder trial summary, day one. The trial of the man accused of Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne’s murder commenced at Oslo District Courthouse, Monday. Prosecutor Nina Prebe opened the proceedings with her keynote speech. She told the professional judge and the two lay judges that there were three questions to consider:Was he mentally accountable when he committed the crime?Did he do it on purpose, or was it accidental?Was he mentally accountable when he committed the crime? VG also reported defense counsel John Christian Elden followed up with comments to the prosecutor’s opening.

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Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne murder trial summary, day one

Published on Tuesday, 17th September, 2013 at 11:32 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 17th September 2013 at 12:02.

The trial of the man accused of Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne’s murder commenced at Oslo District Courthouse, Monday.



Prosecutor Nina Prebe opened the proceedings with her keynote speech. She told the professional judge and the two lay judges that there were three questions to consider:

  1. Was he mentally accountable when he committed the crime?
  2. Did he do it on purpose, or was it accidental?
  3. Was he mentally accountable when he committed the crime?

VG also reported defense counsel John Christian Elden followed up with comments to the prosecutor’s opening.

He stressed that there was no technical evidence suggesting that his 38-year-old client had carried out the fatal act.

“He hasn’t committed a murder, unless you have concrete evidence showing that he committed a murder,” said Elden.

Sigrid’s father, Tom Schjetne, then took to the stand. From the witness box, he recounted the events from the night the teenager went missing.

The 38-year-old followed, answering questions posed by prosecutor Nina Prebe calmly and decisively, according to VG. He also accounted for his actions at the time that Sigrid disappeared.

Psychiatric specialists Andreas Eirik Hamnes and Kjersti Narud, who assessed the accused, believe the accused was sane at the time of the crime, but neuropsychologist Anne Lill Ørbeck believes he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was criminally insane.

The man on trial explained that he was stressed at the time Sigrid went missing because he feared he would be forced into a psychiatric home.

Denying he has anything to do with the murder of Sigrid, he was not asked whether he claimed to be guilty as he might be sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care.

In response to prosecutor Prebe’s questions as to what he did following Sigrid going missing, the accused replied “I don’t know if I can answer your questions. I’m a bit stressed.”

His answers consisted mainly of him not remembering what had happened.

Sigrid’s mother, Ingrid Ruth Giskegjerde had to leave the courtroom during the 38-year-old’s explanation.

Sigrid Giskejerde Schetne went missing on Sunday August 5 last year after failing to return home from a friend’s house near Østensjø in Oslo.

The 16-year-old’s disappearance led to a wide search until she was found deceased in a grove at Kolbotn four weeks later.  

Two men, the accused and his 65-year-old friend acquaintance, were originally suspected to have been involved in the teenager’s kidnapping and murder and were taken into custody.

The latter was released and charges dropped. The 38-year-old was charged with murder this summer.




Published on Tuesday, 17th September, 2013 at 11:32 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 17th September 2013 at 12:02.

This post has the following tags: sigridgiskegjerdeschjetne, sigridmurdercase.





  
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