Free while Norway’s top court decides

15.04.2021 - 12:48
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Gunnar Jóhann Gunnarsson, who was sent to prison for killing his half-brother in the northern Norwegian town of Mehamn in April two years ago, has been released. Gunnar Jóhann was sentenced to 13 years by the district court but that was lowered to five in appeal. That appeal decision was referred to the Supreme Court of Norway by the prosecutor, wanting to reinstate the longer sentence.

Gunnar’s lawyer called for his client to be released from prison until the Supreme Court reaches its verdict while the police called for him to remain behind bars. 

The district court sided with the police, while the appeals court sided with Gunnar Jóhann, who has now been released while the Supreme Court processes the case. “We adhere to the outcome of court proceedings and have let the man go. Otherwise, we are not commenting on the case,” said Anja Mikkelsen Indbjør, prosecutor with the East Finnmark police. 

Gunnar has claimed throughout that he only wanted to scare his half-brother with the gun and that a shot was fired by accident in a scuffle between the two men. The bullet hit Gísli in the thigh and he ended up bleeding out. A firearms specialist said in court that it was possible to fire a shot from the gun without pulling the trigger, because of a malfunction. 

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