The trial against John Edvin Lie, who is accused of allegedly setting fire to a corpse in Maridalen in Oslo in 2018, begins on Monday.
“My client categorically rejects any knowledge or involvement with this case,” Lie’s lawyer, Jacob Sanden Ringsrød, told TV 2 in April.
According to the indictment, which was issued last summer, 58-year-old John Edvin Lie set fire to the clothes of a dead man and/or other combustible material near the body so that major burns were inflicted on the body, and it ended up being partially burned.
The body was found after the fire service received a forest fire report northwest of Hammern and near Ullevålseterveien in Maridalen on July 18. When they arrived, it turned out that a tent had been burning. A few hundred meters from the fire site, the dead man was found.
Lie lived in one of the tent sites near where the body was found and was apprehended next to the body.
Originally scheduled for May
The case against Lie was originally scheduled for May, but now it is clear that the case will take place in Oslo District Court on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Lie, formerly known as Johnny Olsen, was first charged with murder. In September of the same year, the charge was changed to mutilating a corpse.
The 58-year-old has always claimed that he “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
At the age of 18, John Edvin Lie was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the so-called Hadelands murders in 1981.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
Do you have a news tip for Norway Today? We want to hear it. Get in touch at email@example.com