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Confesses to Killing in Manslaughter Case

A girl who was released from custody last night in connection with the death of a 27-year-old man filmed the incident on her phone, RÚV reports. She asserts that the conflict was mostly between two individuals and that she did not inflict violence on the victim. One of the four suspects in the case has confessed to killing the victim, who was a Polish national.

Around midnight on April 20, law enforcement was tipped off to a confrontation between four people and the victim in the parking lot of Fjarðarkaup grocery store in Hafnarfjörður, a town in the Reykjavík capital area. Police arrived shortly after to find the victim, who was transported to the emergency room with several stab wounds and pronounced dead shortly after. The four suspects are Icelandic youth, three male and one female. The oldest suspect is 18 and the other three are under 18 years of age.

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The 17-year-old girl was remanded in custody until Thursday, April 27 but Landsréttur Court of Appeal repealed the ruling yesterday. The ruling states that the girl reported that shortly after she and her two companions exited a restaurant in Hafnarfjörður, one of them (who remains in custody) and the victim got into a fight. She stated that the conflict was mainly between the two of them and that she stayed 5-8 metres away during the fight and recorded it on her phone, as her parents had advised her to do if she found herself in an unsafe situation.

The phone recordings are said to support the girl’s statement and are being considered key evidence in the case. Police have completed all interrogations of all suspects in the case and believe they have a clear picture of the sequence of events that led to the man’s death.

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