Man sentenced to six years of prison for setting fire to the library in Larvik

Larvik library firePhoto: Alexander Vestrum / NTB
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A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison in Vestfold District Court for setting fire to the Larvik library last year. 

According to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), the man has been convicted for setting fire to a rubbish bin outside a building in Larvik, where several people were sleeping.

The events took place in November last year.

Damages amount to NOK 60 million

The library was severely damaged in the fire. Calculations indicate that the damages amount to at least NOK 60 million.

“In addition to the pure financial loss, there is the loss of the local history collection, art, and the loss that the library fire has caused to the municipality’s residents due to a loss of a gathering place, a knowledge institution, and a place for cultural communication,” the verdict stated.

Before the library fire, the man was also charged with setting fire to several places in the center of Larvik, but due to a lack of communication between the police in Larvik and Tønsberg, he was released.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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