Reykjavík District Court sentenced Guðgeir Guðmundsson to 14 years in prison yesterday for stabbing a lawyer in his office in early March, inflicting critical injuries. Guðgeir was found guilty of attempted manslaughter and dangerous assault.
Litla-Hraun, Iceland’s maximum security prison. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Guðgeir came to the law firm in the morning of March 5, 2012, where he attacked its managing director with a knife, repeatedly stabbing him, inflicting five wounds, four of which were critical, ruv.is reports.
The victim lost 50 liters of blood. His right kidney and gall bladder had to be removed and both lungs were damaged.
He was kept unconscious on a ventilator for three weeks and it is considered a miracle that he survived the assault. However, he will never fully recover.
The victim’s associate tried to come to his aid, which resulted in the assailant stabbing him twice in the left thigh.
Guðgeir confessed to the crime immediately and was considered to be compos mentis. Only once before has such a long sentence been announced in an Icelandic court.
He is also to pay his victims ISK 3 million (USD 24,000, EUR 19,000) and ISK 800,000 (USD 6,300, EUR 5,100) in damages and to cover benefits the first victim is entitled to because of the permanent disabilities he suffered.
Guðgeir’s lawyer, Brynjólfur Eyvindsson, said the verdict had not come as a surprise. He and his client will meet in approximately two weeks to discuss how to proceed.
The prosecution has yet to decide whether the verdict will be appealed.
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