Experts believe the man charged with the Kongsberg attack was psychotic at the time of the crime

Espen Andersen BråthenPhoto: video screenshot / NTB

The three forensic psychiatric experts who have examined Espen Andersen Bråthen after the murders in Kongsberg last year believe he was psychotic at the time of the crime, according to the Southeastern police district.

“The experts unanimously concluded that the accused has a mental illness which in the opinion of the police means that there is reason to believe that he may have been psychotic during the events,” the police wrote in a press release on Friday.

Psychiatrists Harald Brauer and Helge Haugerud, and psychologist specialist Knut-Petter Langlo, carried out the forensic psychiatric assessment of Bråthen. They submitted their report to the prosecution on Wednesday.

Five people were killed, and several others were injured when the 38-year-old man walked around Kongsberg city center and attacked people with a bow and arrow and stabbing weapons on Wednesday night, October 13. Several of the killings took place indoors at the victims’ homes.

The police stated early on that they thought Bråthen was psychotic at the time of the crime. According to an early forensic psychiatric report, the 38-year-old may have suffered from delusions. Since the attacks on October 13, he has been admitted to a closed psychiatric ward through a decision on involuntary hospitalization. 

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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