Bergen: 58-year-old man sentenced to 19 years in prison for double murder

Verdict - Norwegian lawPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

A 58-year-old man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the murders of Jan-Øystein Ask Hilby and Silje Helen Kvandal at a hospice in Bergen last year.

In addition, a 34-year-old night watchman at the hospice has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for participating in the murder, and a 24-year-old man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for keeping watch while the murder was carried out, the newspapers Bergensavisen and Bergens Tidende write.

42-year-old Jan-Øystein Ask Hilby and 29-year-old Silje Helen Kvandal were found killed at Osavatnet in Bergen on January 13 last year, but the police believe that the killings were committed at a hospice the day before.

Killed with a knife and an ax

According to the indictment, Hilby and Kvandal were killed at the hospice with a knife and ax. During the trial, the 58-year-old pleaded guilty to both murders.

According to Bergens Tidende, he said that the background for the killings was that he felt cheated after the boyfriend and girlfriend did not pay him back after he lent them hashish that they could sell to afford Christmas presents.

During the trial, the prosecutor asked for 20 years of preventive detention for the 58-year-old man and 20 years in prison for the 34-year-old.

In addition to the three, a 35-year-old man and a 38-year-old man have been sentenced to one year and four months in prison, respectively, and community service. The latter two were involved in transporting the bodies away from the hospice.

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