Convicted Murderer returns to Norway from the Philippines
A 52-year-old man convicted of killing his brother in Eigersund municipality in 2016, is on his way back to Norway.
In January this year, the man was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison for killing his big brother with a knife at Hellvik in Rogaland.
At the beginning of June, the man was arrested in the Philippines, where he has been detained in Manila for five weeks, reports NRK.
Released pending appeal
His lawyer, Espen Henrik Johansen, confirms that the 52-year-old is on his way back to Norway. The man has appealed the verdict and was therefore released pending the appeal. The police believe that he attempted to escape and will put him in custody him when he returns, which will probably be on Thursday.
– He hopes the police realize that there is no reason to keep him in jail for fear of him eloping from Norway, says Johansen.
Police attorney in the Southwest Police District, Thale Thomseth, says they are quite sure that there is a real danger of him attempting to avoid criminal prosecution, even though he has appealed the verdict.
Complained about rats in the prison
After the verdict, the man sold his house and travelled to the Philippines where his wife comes from. The Norwegian police claim he tried to evade justice and issued an arrest warrant through Interpol.
The Norwegian was arrested by the immigration police in Manila on June 6th. He recently told the National Broadcaster (NRK) that he longed to be back in a Norwegian prison, and doubted that he ever was going to let out of the Philippine prison.
– Yes, I want to go home quickly. It is teeming with rats here, he said.
The appeal case starts in Gulating Court of Appeal on October 22nd. It is set aside seven days for the main proceedings in Stavanger.
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