65-year-old man from Kristiansand convicted in drug case – for the second time

Kristiansand police stationPhoto: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

A 65-year-old man from Kristiansand who had his sentence overturned in the Supreme Court last year has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for smuggling and selling drugs.

The man was sentenced to five and a half years in prison by the Agder Court of Appeal in October 2019 but had the sentence overturned by the Supreme Court last summer because of an issue related to the psychiatrist who assessed the 65-year-old’s sanity at the time, newspaper Fædrelandsvennen writes.

On July 9, a new verdict was handed down by the Agder District Court. The court stated that the 65-year-old was sane when the drug crimes were committed in 2015 and 2016. This time he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Appeal probable

The 65-year-old’s defender, lawyer John Christian Elden, says the verdict will probably be appealed. But according to Elden, the man is now psychotic, and it must therefore be clarified how the appeal can take place. 

“Everything is in place for a new hearing in the Court of Appeal again,” he told Fædrelandsvennen.

Before the trial in June, the psychiatrists who assessed the man were in doubt whether the 65-year-old has a psychotic disorder but concluded that he was not psychotic when the crimes were committed.

The man, a Norwegian-Albanian disability pensioner, has previously been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.

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