Norway’s asylum crisis has generated a flurry of related stories, like tornados spun off from the main body of a hurricane. I reported recently about a Norwegian lawyer who has been charged with a rifle attack on an asylum center. This latest story may be something similar: a “person of Norwegian background” has been charged in the murder of a Somali man.
Man arrested in connection with the murder of a 46 year old Somali male in Heimdal
A man in his 20s was arrested today and charged in connection with the murder of a 46-year-old Somali male in Ringvålveien in Heimdal. The suspect, an ethnic Norwegian male from Trondheim, did not resist arrest when he was picked up by the police earlier today, according to head of investigations, Terje Lunde. The man will be charged with premeditated murder, or with assisting a premeditated murder.
Do not wish to clarify
“The man has been arrested based on information gathered in the course of the investigation. Due to the ongoing investigation, the police do not wish to make any further statements at the present time,” head of investigations Terje Lunde told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
As a result of this arrest the investigation has now entered a new phase, but it is still a long way from being concluded. The police can now start the process of interrogating the suspect and focus their efforts on gathering technical evidence.
The suspect is known to the police, but Lunde does not wish to elaborate on this.
The murder weapon has not been found
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The police have in the course of the investigation, confiscated several weapons belonging to local residents, but they have so far not managed to find the murder weapon.
“It is crucial to the investigation that we find the weapon, and we are going to continue searching for it.”
The interrogation will continue throughout the evening
The suspect was interrogated on Thursday evening, but no defense lawyer has been appointed for him yet.
“We are currently searching the suspect’s house, and we will continue to do so in the coming days,” Lunde says.
An unusually brutal murder
The victim, a 46-year-old Somali male, was killed in Ringvålveien in Heimdal on August 23rd.
He had been struck with number of shots when he was found shot and killed in the doorway of his car. The car was carefully examined and the police went out immediately and asked for assistance from the public, and a number of tips arrived, but without any suspects emerging.
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