Moss: 81-year-old man sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for the murder of his wife

Moss policePhoto: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB

An 81-year-old man has been sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for killing his wife in Moss in August 2020. The court believes the murder was committed in a particularly brutal way.

The verdict from Søndre Østfold District Court will probably be appealed, the man’s defender, lawyer Sille Heidar, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

“The punishment is too severe,” she noted.

The man claims he does not remember anything from the time of the murder.


“The murder appears to be very brutal. It testifies to rage and frustration that are difficult to understand,” public prosecutor Anne Christine Stoltz Wennersten said. 

According to the verdict, an ax and a knife were used during the murder, and the 73-year-old woman died after a short time of extensive injuries to the head and chest. The murder happened in the couple’s home, according to the verdict.

“The victim was unable to defend herself. She has tried to do so… This is a murder of a spouse in a shared home, where the victim should have felt safe,” the verdict stated.

The man himself called the police and reported the incident. He then said that he had killed his wife. The man further said that he does not know what happened. Experts have determined that he was not psychotic at the time of the crime.

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