A 39-year-old Chilean has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the murder of Norwegian Lene Sand in Berlin last June, according to newspaper VG.
A co-defendant who is 39-year-old has been sentenced to nine months in prison.
The 36-year-old from Mandal was killed with seven stab wounds the night of 3 June 2015 in an art gallery in the Mitte district of Berlin.
The verdict fell in Berlin on Monday.
The person confessed the murder in court, but claimed he lost control during a violent argument with Sand, which he had started a relationship with. He was also influenced by drugs.
The main perpetrator’s helper has confessed that he helped to hide traces. The two hid the corpse in a side room in the gallery, placed new flooring and painted walls to cover up the trail of blood. Several days after the murder the two placed the body in a wheeled suitcase that was thrown into the River Spree, where it was found by a passerby.
The prosecutor had asked for seven years in prison for the Chilean and six months for the co-defendants. The judgment is therefore in line with the prosecutor’s assertion as regards to the main perpetrator.
Patrick Lundevall-Unger, counsel for the Sands family, has previously made it clear that he believes seven years in prison is too small and will consider an appeal if the sentence is in line with the prosecutor’s assertion.
He believes the man did not act in affect and that he had several times to consider his action.
The man escaped last summer to Mexico, but was arrested in August of that year. In March this year he was extradited to Germany.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today