Man Arrested in Hafnarfjördur Homicide Case Skip to content

Man Arrested in Hafnarfjördur Homicide Case

A man in his twenties was arrested last night in relation to the investigation of a murder in a private home in Hafnarfjördur, outside Reykjavík, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

Fridrik Smári Björgvinsson, senior officer at the Capital Region Police investigative department, said in a statement that a decision had been made not to release the man after questioning last night due to suspicion that he might have had a part in the murder, reports.

A decision on whether the suspect will be placed in custody will be made later today.

The person who murdered the man in his home in Hafnarfjördur did not break his or her way into the house. The victim was attacked in his bedroom, presumably while sleeping, and stabbed many times. He was alone in the house.

The crime scene shows signs of a struggle but nothing is believed to have been stolen. According to Morgunbladid’s sources, it appears as if the sole reason for the person to have entered the house was to murder the man who lived there.

Fréttabladid reports that the murderer is believed to have entered through a door which was usually unlocked.

Forensic examination indicates that the man was attacked a few hours before his fiancé found him dead shortly before noon on Sunday. The murder weapon has not been found.

The investigation of the murder is extensive, a statement from the Capital Region Police says, and a number of people have been interrogated, some of whom were questioned until late last night. This case has been given absolute priority, Stöd 2 reports.

Police ask anyone who has information that could prove relevant to the investigation to contact them by calling (+354) 444-1104.

The victim’s name was Hannes Thór Helgason. He lived at Háaberg 23 in Hafnarfjördur and worked as managing director of the candy manufacturer Góa-Linda, which is among the leading candy manufacturers in Iceland.

His father, Helgi Vilhjálmsson, founded Góa. Helgason was 37 years old and leaves behind a fiancé. He was childless.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article