Stavanger: Pensioner sentenced to prison after kindergarten children found his TNT and weapons

StavangerPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB

A 73-year-old weapons collector from Stavanger has been sentenced to one year and two months in prison for storing more than 50 weapons, explosives, and cartridges.

The case started when the Norwegian Food Safety Authority asked the police to remove a dozen cats from a house on September 3, 2019, the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad writes.

In the house, the police found large quantities of weapons. In all, the 73-year-old who lived in the house had over 50 firearms. Six of them were fully automatic and therefore illegal in Norway. 

In addition, around 10 kilos of dynamite and just over 50,000 cartridges were found at the pensioner’s home.

A couple of months after the police were in the house, kindergarten children who were on a walk through a wood near the man’s house found a carrier bag with 1.5 kilos of TNT, 62 fire caps, 101 cartridges, and two pistols, one of which was semi-automatic. These also belonged to the man.

Illegal weapons

When the trial started in Sør-Rogaland District Court, the accused admitted partial criminal guilt.

“All the weapons were not legal. I must be that honest,” the man said.

The court noted that there was a probability that the dynamite in the home and the TNT in the forest could explode. 

In addition to the prison sentence of one year and two months, the 73-year-old’s explosives, firearms, weapon parts, and ammunition mentioned in the indictment were confiscated.

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