Man in his 60s charged after drowning incident in Troms

Senja District CourtPhoto: André Lorentsen / NTB

A man in his 60s in Troms is accused of negligently causing another person’s death in November 2020. The deceased was a mentally disabled man whom he supervised.

The accused was responsible for a mentally disabled man in his 70s, who had 24-hour supervision, the Troms Police District wrote in a press release.

The disabled man was to take a bath, and the accused sat down in the living room. Due to alcohol consumption or fatigue, the man in his 60s fell asleep, and when he woke up two to three hours later, the man in his 70s had drowned, according to the police.

“The police have investigated the case by, among other things, questioning the defendant and witnesses, reviewing telephone data, and carrying out an autopsy of the deceased,” police attorney Hanne Simonsen in Troms Police District stated.

On the basis of the investigations, the public prosecutor has issued an indictment under section 281 of the Criminal Code. The penalty for negligently causing another person’s death is imprisonment for up to six years. The accused has acknowledged the circumstances as described in the indictment, and he admitted criminal guilt.

The case will be processed in North Troms and Senja District Court in Finnsnes on October 14 and 15.

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

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