Oslo brothers slit man’s throat with pizza cutter

Two Oslo brothers have been charged with murdering a 22-year-old Somali man by slitting his throat with a pizza cutter, simply because he owed them money.

Oslo brothers slit man's throat with pizza cutter
The police found the body at Holmlia in Oslo in February. Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix
The brothers, aged 21 and 23, are charged with killing the man in their home in Holmlia in Oslo and then taking his body out to a wooded area and laying it in a ditch. 
In the indictment, the prosecution reported that the two brothers repeatedly struck the man across the face before cutting his throat with a pizza cutter, or a knife, or possibly both. 
The two men are pleading guilty to the murder, which they claim took place in February when they were in a state of intoxication. 
They did nothing to hide the body once they had placed it in the ditch, and phoned the police themselves to report the murder and direct officers to the body. 
“He profusely regrets what happened and is looking forward to receiving his punishment after the case comes to court,”  the elder brother’s lawyer, Ole Petter Drevland, said.
Odd Ivar Grøn, from the law firm Lippestad, is representing relatives of the victim. 
“It has been a tough time for the family and it has been difficult for both his parents and his younger siblings,” Grøn told Norway's Dagbladet.


Police in Oslo to target funding at areas at risk of serious crime

Oslo police have announced a new system that will see more measures targeted at areas more prone to crime.

Police in Oslo to target funding at areas at risk of serious crime

Six vulnerable zones have been identified by the police, the majority of them in the east of the Norwegian capital.

According to a report in the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen, two of the zones are Grønland and Tøyen and four locations in the districts of Stovner, Alna and Søndre Nordstrand.

Police have selected these areas based on indicators such as low income, low education, short residence in Norway and households with a single parent. Police also considered the level of police activity in the area and existing intelligence on criminal networks in these areas.

“The police do not ignore the fact that more vulnerable areas will be uncovered as a result of good intelligence and analysis,” John Roger Lund, head of the east police unit, told Klassekampen.

A research group at the Police Academy in Oslo would also work on identifying new areas to which the police should target their attention.

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“Right now we are working on analysis of what may be exposed areas in Norway, based on similar analyses in Sweden and Denmark,” Manne Gerell, who researches crime and gang violence at the University of Malmö and the University of Oslo, said.

Research would also explore which crime prevention measures are the most effective for the police to pursue.