In 2020, Norway registered 24 murders. Here’s what we know about the cases

Norwegian policePhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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So far this year, the police in Norway have started investigating 24 murder cases with 27 victims.

The full list of cases from January to October of 2020 is enclosed below.

Time period: January – March 2020

January 10: Just before midnight, 21-year-old Halil Kara was shot by a masked perpetrator at Prinsdal Grill in Prinsdal in Oslo. Additionally, a man was stabbed while trying to fight the perpetrator. He did not receive life-threatening injuries. Five men have been charged with murder or complicity in murder. One of them is 18 years old, while the others are in their 20s.

January 13: A 43-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were found dead along with bloody objects at Osavatnet in Bergen. The police knew both of them from before. The police’s theory is that the two were killed at a hospice in Møllendalsveien and transported to Osavatnet by car. According to several media outlets, the victims had extensive stab wounds. Five men, three in their 30s, a 57-year-old, and a 22-year-old, are charged with murder or complicity in murder.

January 17: 34-year-old Roar Engelund died after a violent incident at an institutional home for patients with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders in Hov in Søndre Land. A 42-year-old man was charged with murder. He was then found dead in Oslo prison in March. Another three men who were first charged with assault have been released. Engelund was a resident of the institution, and both the murder suspect and the three who were released have a connection to the institution.

 February 2: Thea Halvorsen Braavold (31) was found dead in an apartment near Sandefjord center. Her 45-year-old boyfriend is charged with murder. He was convicted of murder in the 2000s and was released in 2018.

March 16: A man in his 40s died after a fight in a house in Lisleby in Fredrikstad. A man, also in his 40s, has been arrested and later charged with murder. The cause of death is stated to be suffocation and / or limited air supply.

March 24: A German man in his 50s was found dead in a building with several housing units in Skolegata in Gjøvik center. A woman in her 20s was arrested at the site and charged with murder.

March 27: Tirhas Tekle Kifllay (33) was found dead on the shore at Trolla in Trondheim on April 7. The woman’s 34-year-old husband was arrested the same night and charged with murder. Police believe the murder took place in the home either the evening of Friday, March 27, or the early hours of Saturday, March 28. The woman came to Norway as an asylum seeker from Eritrea in 2011. In September, the man was charged with the murder.

Time period: April – August 2020

May 28: 34-year-old Kristian Løvlie was found dead and with stab wounds in a car outside a shopping center at Rotnes in Nittedal after he was reported missing the night before. A man in his 40s living in Nittedal has been arrested and charged with murder. The deceased was involved in a family business that owns the home that the accused rented.

May 30: A woman in her mid-50s was found dead in a detached house on Brattholmen on Sotra in Øygarden municipality. Her son, who is in his early 20s, was arrested shortly after by the police and charged with murder.

June 9: Kjartan Slettemoen Hodne (35) was stabbed in Haraldsgata in the center of Haugesund. A 37-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder. The injured man died in the hospital, and the charges were changed to murder.

June 24: A woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s were found dead in a house in the Storhaug district in Stavanger. A man in his 40s was charged with the double murder. Police information indicates that all three are Syrian asylum seekers. According to newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, the dead were the murder suspect’s ex-wife and her new boyfriend.

July 1: A woman in her 60s died after being stabbed in a house in Balder’s vei in Halden. The woman’s son, who is in his 30s, was charged with murder.

July 12: A male, foreign citizen was found dead at a private address at Fergeland in Steinkjer. Police considered the death suspicious, and a man was charged with murder. The two belonged to the same circle of friends.

July 12: Christian Halvorsen (43) was found lifeless outside his home in Askim and declared dead shortly after. According to the preliminary autopsy report, he was shot. Two men aged 49 and 32 were charged with murder or complicity in murder.

July 14: Marianne Haugen (54) was stabbed with a knife while sitting in a car and waiting at the bus terminal in Sarpsborg. She died from her injuries. A 31-year-old Norwegian citizen with a Somali background was charged with the murder of the woman, with whom he had no known relationship. Afterward, he was also charged with the attempted murder of two women with whom he has a relationship.

July 18: A 54-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son were found dead in an apartment in Askøy municipality. Police believe the son stabbed his mother before he took his own life.

July 19: Two children, both under the age of ten, were found dead in an apartment at Skårer in Lørenskog. The 35-year-old mother was found in a critical state. The next day, the police stated that she was charged with murder.

August 18: A 73-year-old woman was found dead in a home on Jeløya in Moss. The woman’s 80-year-old husband, who himself contacted the police, was charged with murder.

Time period: September – October 2020

September 18: A woman in her 60s was found dead in a home on Tøyen in Oslo. Her son, who is in his 40s, was charged with murder.

September 19: A 60-year-old woman was found dead in a home on Byåsen in Trondheim. Her 33-year-old son was first charged with deadly violence, but later the police raised the charges to murder. The woman is said to have been subjected to terminal blunt force trauma.

September 23: A man in his 50s was found dead in his apartment in the center of Sarpsborg by police who were checking in on him due to a relative not being able to contact him. According to the police, it was clear that the man has been dead for several days. On September 25, a man in his 30s, known by the deceased, was arrested and charged with murder.

September 26: A 20-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment in Åsane. A 19-year-old man, who was found apparently lifeless in the apartment, has been charged with murder. The two lived together but were not romantically connected.

September 30: A man was found dead after a fire in a commercial building in Moelv in Ringsaker municipality, Inland. The next day, another man was found dead. The 43-year-old was reported missing from his home in Gjøvik two days before the fire, while the other man who was found dead was in his 40s. On October 16, the man in his 40s was charged with murder. The police’s main theory is that this case is a murder/suicide. They think the motive may have had something to do with a conflict between the two.

October 3: 48-year-old Dan-Eivind Lid was found dead in his apartment in Suldalen in Kristiansand. Lid had been active for several years in the “Stop the Islamization of Norway” (SIAN) organization. The case is being investigated as a murder. So far, no one has been arrested.

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