the essential Wednesday 13 October, a man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people and injured two others in Kongsberg, in south-eastern Norway. A 37 year-old Dane was arrested and confessed to being the perpetrator of the attack, before being handed over to the health services.
“He was taken care of by the health services Thursday evening following an assessment of his state of health,” prosecutor Ann Iren Svane Mathiassen told AFP. Doubts hang over the mental health, and therefore the criminal liability, of Espen Andersen Bråthen, a Dane who admitted to killing five people and injuring three others on Wednesday in Kongsberg (south-east) where he resides.
A psychiatric evaluation
Bråthen had started this Thursday 14 October to be the subject of a psychiatric evaluation, the conclusions of which should take several months. A judge is due to rule this Friday on his pre-trial detention of Bråthen, without the physical presence of the suspect. Authorities have requested four weeks’ detention, the first two of which are in solitary confinement.
In the event of a positive decision, he would not be imprisoned but left under the responsibility of the doctors, specified the prosecutor.
If the attacks carry the mark of a “terrorist act” according to them, the Norwegian authorities do not rule out the possibility of mental disorders either. “There is no doubt that the act itself has appearances which suggest that it may be a terrorist act, but it is now important that the investigation progress and that the motivations of the suspect be clarified,” he said. PST security chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold said on Thursday. “This is a person who has been going back and forth in the health system for a while,” he stressed, however.