Shooter was at least a metre away from Armando

15.09.2021 - 10:00
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 Mynd: Freyr Gígja Gunnarsson - RÚV
The main trial in the Rauðagerði murder case is in its third day today. Among the witnesses who gave testimony yesterday were a pathologist who told the court Angjelin Sterkaj, who has admitted to shooting Armando Beqiri to death outside his home on Rauðagerði, Reykjavík, was at least a metre from the victim when he shot him nine times—including twice in the head after he was already dead.

Wtness testimony went smoothly yesterday, the defence did not pose many extra questions to the witnesses and experts who reported on their working methods and procedures.

Among them was Pétur G. Guðmundsson, pathologist, who went specifically over the victim’s wounds. He said two of the nine shots, at least, would have been fatal: one that went into the lung and the other through organs in the chest cavity. 

Pétur said there was no wat to know which order the shot wounds were inflicted, but that he could say with some certainty that he had already been dead when he received the two shots to the head. Judge Guðjón Marteinsson asked Pétur whether he could say how far away from Armando the shooter, Angjelin, had been. Pétur answered that he was not right next to the victim, and had been at least a metre away. 

It was also specifically mentioned that Armando had at some point turned away from Angjelin, as he had a shot wound in his back. The prosecutor tried earlier yesterday to get experts to estimate the victim’s bodily positioning, but none trusted themselves to do so with certainty. 

A police forensics expert said there were 11 holes in Armando’s jumper; ten from bullets and one from when the jumper was cut. He said he could confirm that five of the holes were entry holes and that one indicated Armando had been shot in the back. 

Among police testimony yesterday morning, it was revealed that an Icelandic officer went with the murder weapon for analysis in Denmark, and that it was the first time Danish forensics experts had been used in an Icelandic criminal investigation. Police also used outside experts to help puzzle together security footage from various cameras and to create a timeline of events. 

The timeline video was shown to the court, among other things showing a group gathering at the home of Angjelin the night Armando was murdered. Among the other footage was a security camera at the FÍH headquarters, which captured the reflection of part of Armando’s garage door. This was enough to estimate that the sequence of events at Rauðagerði took around 57 seconds. 

The trial continues today and witnesses today include people who were at one point held in custody as suspects. 

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