Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article about a culturally enriched gang rape in the city of Bergen in Western Norway. The translator includes this introduction:
I have translated this article from Aftenposten.no about a particularly brutal rape that occurred in Bergen yesterday in broad daylight. The article mentions that that the alleged perpetrators are five men of foreign origin, but nothing more than that. However I did some research online and found out that the park mentioned in the article is frequently used by African and North African drug pushers, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that the perpetrators are involved in this line of work or that they hail from those parts of the world.
I don’t know anything about the victim, whether she’s a drug addict or not.
If this had happened 25-30 years ago the police in Bergen would have beat the living crap out of the perpetrators if they had been able to track them down. Check out this article about police brutality in Bergen in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The police in Norway knew how to deal with criminals before PC was allowed to poison the profession and society as a whole, and all the girly-men were allowed to join the force.
Woman raped by several men
The woman was taken away in an ambulance. “She was injured and collapsed,” says one witness
Police were notified of the incident at 3.11 PM. Ambulance and police personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene.
“The woman has told us that she was raped by several foreign men approximately 35 minutes before we were notified of the incident,” says Erik Gjesdal, leader of operations in Hordaland police district, to Bergens Tidende [local newspaper].
“The woman was in a terrible condition and it was obvious that she was very distressed,” says the chief detective at the scene.
A nurse in her 40s discovered the woman.
BT’s (local newspaper) cultural editor and editor of the comments sections, Hilde Sandvik was walking just behind the nurse who discovered the battered 30-year-old victim when she (the victim) collapsed in Nygårdsparken [The Nygård Park].
“She shouted to me while she was holding the woman still. I immediately called the 113 emergency number and informed the emergency operator that a woman had been attacked,” says Sandvik.
According to Sandvik the woman had scratches on her body, had been subjected to violence and was partially naked. Sandvik concluded that the victim was in a state of shock.
In a terrible state
“She was in a terrible state. It was painful to look at her.”
She describes a woman who was deeply distressed and who was hyperventilating. While she was on the phone to the police Sandvik tried to keep a group of men, who at times behaved in a threatening manner, away from the scene.
“She was terrified when some men came over. She was clearly terrified of something.”
Was unable to speak
The woman didn’t have a cell phone or a wallet, but they were able to identify her from one of her credit cards.
“The other lady (the nurse) did a marvelous job calming her down and at the same time checking her pulse. Eventually an unmarked police car arrived followed by an ambulance and several police patrol cars.
“At the time we don’t know what had happened, but it is painful to watch a woman who is in such a terrible state and so terrified.”
The woman who helped the victim is in her 40s and says that she has been working as a nurse for many years. She was walking through the upper part of Nygårdsparken just ahead of Hilde Sandvik.
“Worst case that I’ve ever seen”
“Suddenly I saw this woman come walking towards us. She was terrified, trying to run, but then collapsed. It was obvious that she was injured. She was crying, shivering and her teeth were chattering. She was in a state of shock and I was worried that she was going to lose consciousness,” says the woman, who wants to remain anonymous.
“I had to partially restrain her because she wanted to get up and run away. I saw blood, bruises and traces of sharp objects on her body This is the worst case that I have seen in my twenty years as a nurse,” she says.
Are searching for the scene of the crime
The woman was taken by ambulance to the department that deals with rape cases at the hospital in Bergen. At 9 PM she was brought to the police station in Bergen to be formally interviewed, according to a Twitter update posted by the Bergen police.
Police are now trying to find out exactly where the alleged rape occurred
“At the moment we only know that the rape occurred in the area around Marineholmen, just south of Nygårdsparken. The rape didn’t occur in the park,” says Gjesdal.
“Do you know how many men participated in the rape?”
“The number five has been mentioned, but this is something that we have to look into further,” says Gjesdal.
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