– I realized that things were going to go wrong when I saw the gun, says the 42-year-old accused of murder from the witness box in the Oslo district court.
On Tuesday, the trial began after he shot and killed his 39-year-old childhood friend in Tordenskiolds gate near Oslo City Hall in July last year.
The police believe it was an intentional murder, while the defendant says he killed out of necessity.
In his statement, the defendant talked about his relationship with the deceased.
– Was cursed at Kiwi
He says that they already knew each other in childhood, and the defendant does not hide that he himself was involved in “a lot”, but that he became more serious when he had children as a young man.
Over the years, he and the deceased have had occasional contact, but in 2014 both the defendant and the deceased experienced unfortunate things on their own, which meant that they had a lot of free time. They used it together.
Among other things, both were convicted of several serious thefts in 2018.
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Then he gets into what happened on the day of the murder, July 19 last year.
The accused was picked up at home by the deceased and a mutual friend. They drove around the center of Oslo, says the defendant.
The deceased is said to have believed that the defendant owed him money, and they went from place to place to withdraw money.
– NN (deceased’s name, editor’s note) was cursed because you could only withdraw NOK 10,000 at a time at Kiwi, says the defendant.
Said he was a slave
The defendant explains that the deceased made threats along the way.
– He wanted us to go to my father and take his car as part payment, he says and says that he was prepared for “a round of beatings” that day.
– I was afraid of another stabbing day, says the defendant.
In April last year, i.e. three months before the murder, the defendant was admitted to hospital with six stab wounds to the arm. He has accused the deceased of causing him the injury, and the police do not dispute this.
The incident was only reported after the murder, which led to the case being dropped.
In questioning, the defendant described himself as the deceased’s “slave” for the last five or six years before the murder.
He has also said that he was fired from a job because he had to be available to the deceased at “all times of the day”.
The solicitor for the bereaved family, Sol Elden, has the following comment on the explanation:
– On behalf of my clients, I have no comment on the content of the statement the defendant gave in court. The family will give their explanations on Wednesday. It is always easy to blame a dead person who cannot defend himself, she says.
Back to the drive last July.
The defendant says that on the way they drove past a police car. Then the bad atmosphere got even worse.
– I was sitting in the back seat and suddenly got a gun in my hands while I was sitting in the back seat. It was wrapped in a piece of cloth or paper. I was told to hide the weapon, he says.
In his explanation, the defendant says that he feared that the gun was there to either threaten or harm him. Then things happened quickly, according to him.
He shot the deceased through the back of the seat. The defendant then ran out of the car and fired two more shots. He says he doesn’t remember the third shot.
According to the police, at least 13 people witnessed all or part of the murder. Among these were families with children who were out enjoying the warm summer day in Oslo.
– Must be a last resort
The shooting victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The defendant was among those who called the police, and he was arrested near the car after a few minutes.
He has confessed to the murder, but believes that he acted out of necessity.
The defendant has explained to the police about several situations of violence and threats to which he claims the deceased exposed him.
– There is evidence that he did this to prevent future attacks from the deceased, but the question the court must decide on is whether the defendant had other options, says the prosecutor in the case, State Attorney Cecilie Schløsser Møller.
– Murder must be the absolute last resort for it to be a legal act committed in an emergency, she says in court.