The murder of Johanne Ihle-Hansen motivated by racism
Findings at the scene indicate that the murder of Manshaus’s adoptive sister Johanne Ihle-Hansen (17) was motivated by racism, according to Dagbladet.
The 17-year-old was killed because she was not ethnic Norwegian and had a different skin colour, according to information Dagbladet has received.
Johanne Ihle-Hansen was adopted from China as a 2-year-old. Her step-brother Philip Manshaus is charged with her murder in the home where they both lived. Manshaus committed the misdeed before heading to the al-Noor Islamic Centre mosque in Bærum.
“The police are working on mapping out the motive. The attack on the mosque was to frighten the Muslim population in Norway. The step-sister was not a Muslim, but we do not rule out that there may have been such ideology that led to the murder. It is too early to conclude. We don’t have enough information about it yet,” Police Lawyer, Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby, tells Dagbladet.
May have attempted to stop Manshaus
One of the reasons why the motive is not clear is because the murder and terror charged 21-year-old so far has made use of his right not to explain himself to the police.
One of the hypotheses is that Manshaus’ sister may have been killed as she attempted to stop her brother, Kraby told Aftenposten on Wednesday.
“We have every reason to assume that the attack on the al-Noor mosque was planned, but have less information about the murder [of Johanne Ihle-Hansen] and whether it was premeditated or not,” according to the police lawyer.
Uncertain time frame
Police have received a preliminary autopsy report following the murder of the 17-year-old Johanne Ihle-Hansen this week. There is work being done to find out exactly when she was put to death.
“There is a two hour period where the murder may have been committed. ie from the last contact with the family until the notification was sent to the police,” Kraby informed during a press conference on Wednesday.
The police lawyer does not want to comment on the cause of death or whether they were alone in the house.
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