Stavanger: 29-year-old man charged with attempted murder of taxi driver

Police forensicsPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB
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A 29-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a taxi driver in Stavanger this summer. The forensic psychiatrists believe that he was psychotic at the time of the crime.

The indictment, which has been issued by public prosecutor Tore Kulstad, notes that a transfer claim will be filed for the man to move to compulsory mental health care, according to newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

The incident occurred on the night of July 4 this summer, when the man, according to the indictment, stabbed the taxi driver several times. 

The injuries were life-threatening, but the driver survived as a result of prompt medical and surgical treatment.

After a judicial observation of the 29-year-old, the experts concluded that the man was psychotic at the time of the crime. 

Doesn’t remember the incident

The man’s lawyer Brynjar Melin, says that the man does not remember the incident.

The 29-year-old has been convicted several times before. 

Meling says that the conclusion from the experts may be important for previous judgments. 

The question is also whether the man may have been psychotic when he committed the offenses he had previously been convicted of. 

Meling says that they will therefore consider reopening the previous cases.

The trial against the man will take place in Stavanger District Court from January 26 to January 29 next year.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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