Axe assault case starts tomorrow

05.06.2018 - 13:48
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Axe assault case starts tomorrow
Two men, aged 21 and 23, have been charged with attempted murder
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On 6 May last year, a young man was attacked in Tórshavn by assailants using an axe.

The trial against the two suspects, males aged 21 and 23, has been postponed three times due to delays in the mental examination of one of the suspects.

Prosecutor Linda Hesselberg says that mental examinations are crucial in this case because the jury needs to determine whether paragraph 16 of the penal code, regarding mental illness, applies.

According to the paragraph, a suspect deemed to have been mentally ill at the time of the crime should, in general, be sentenced to a mental health facility and not be given a prison term.

The first court session starts tomorrow.

Translated by prosa.fo.

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