Most of Breivik’s victims died instantly

2012-05-04 13:01

Most of the 69 victims in last year’s shooting rampage in Norway died “instantly,” a medical examiner has told a court in Oslo at the trial of accused gunman Anders Behring Breivik.

“In some cases, the injuries resulted in massive bleeding and they might have lived a short while but when you lose a lot of blood you lose consciousness,” Torleiv Ole Rognum told the prosecution in response to a query if any of the victims suffered before they died.

During today’s proceedings, Rognum, of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Oslo University, presented autopsy reports for nine of the 69 victims of the shooting spree at the island of Utoya where a Labour Party summer camp was held.

A life-size mannequin was used to illustrate where each victim was hit.

Attorneys representing the bereaved had also ensured that a photo and brief presentation of each victim was presented after the autopsy report had been read out at the Oslo District Court.

The first victim was an off-duty police officer, Trond Berntsen, who was acting as a security guard at Utoya.

Berntsen was shot in the head, shortly after Breivik arrived at the island.

Most of the victims were hit by two or three shots, Rognum said, adding that the average age of the deceased was 18, the youngest was 14 and the oldest 53.

Two of the 69 died due to drowning.

The autopsies were completed late on July 28, six days after the attacks, and over 100 people were involved, he added.

The 33-year-old Breivik has admitted to carrying out the bomb attack near the government buildings in Oslo and the shootings on Utoya but pleaded not guilty.

The July 22 attacks in total left 77 dead.

The court adjourned after the nine reports were presented and proceedings continue next week with the remaining victims.

The trial opened on April 16 and is scheduled to last until June.

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