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Brutal Murder and Murder Attempt in Iceland

The Supreme Court of Iceland confirmed yesterday a custody sentence to May 30 over a man who is accused of having tried to kill his father’s wife on April 1, attacking her twice in the same night.


The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The man is said to have attacked the woman in her home around midnight, accusing her of stealing a small amount of money from him.

He allegedly grabbed her by the throat, punched her in the side, hands and face and tried to suffocate her with a pillow, reports.

The police arrived to the scene and made the man leave the apartment. The man is reported to have said that if the woman wouldn’t leave his father’s life, he would kill her.

Later that same night, the police received notification that the woman was calling for help outside her home.

When they arrived at the scene a group of people had assembled, three men holding the alleged perpetrator with the woman lying unconscious on the ground.

It seemed evident that she had been attacked. A large candleholder was found at the scene which turned out to have been used as a bat.

Witnesses told police that the woman’s six-year-old son had been at the scene of the assault. A neighbor took him to his or her apartment to spare the boy who thought his mother was dead.

In the police’s custody charge it is stated that the assault was very serious and that it was only coincidental that it wasn’t fatal. The perpetrator may face a 16-year to lifelong prison sentence.

In a different case, the state prosecutor has filed a charge for homicide over a 23-year-old man who is accused of having killed his former partner, a 35-year-old woman, in his home in Hafnarfjörður, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, in early February.

The suspect went to the police station himself. He was in an intoxicated state and had difficulties expressing himself. The woman was found dead in the man’s apartment and it appeared that she had suffered deadly cuts to the throat with a blade, Fréttablaðið reports.

The man has been under custody since, first on the basis of the investigation and later for reasons of public safety. He has confessed to having injured the woman. According to a preliminary psychiatric evaluation, the man is considered to be compos mentis.

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