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The court wants to release the man who knocked down a 63-year-old in Bergen – the police are appealing

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Lawyer Erik Johan Mjelde defends the man charged in the case. Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Of NTB | 19.05.2024 16:29:27

Crime and justice: – The court has undoubtedly concluded that the conditions for detention on the basis of the risk of recidivism are not present. The court indicates that he is undergoing psychiatric treatment and follow-up, says the defender, lawyer Erik Johan Mjelde VG.

The 63-year-old was beaten down in the open street when he intervened to prevent an episode of violence from escalating, the newspaper writes. He was admitted to hospital, and a day and a half later he was discharged.

The accused man pleads guilty, according to Mjelde, who says the client needs follow-up and help.

– The occasion is a personal crisis where he has experienced being partly persecuted and partly threatened by many people. This has caused him to become terribly angry and to experience that “everyone” is after him. It has led to this reaction, unfortunately, says Mjelde Television 2.

The court’s decision goes against the police’s recommendation for detention. Police attorney Linn Mari Søfteland in the West police district informs VG that they have appealed the decision.

– The police have appealed and have had suspensive effect. This means that he will remain in custody until the Court of Appeal considers the issue of imprisonment, she tells the newspaper.

As a result, the man will not be released until Tuesday at the earliest, according to the police.

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