Independence Day building site attack charges issued

15.09.2022 - 20:42
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The district prosecutor has charged a man with two counts of attempted murder, in Seltjarnarnes on the 17th June, Iceland’s Independence Day. One of the victims suffered three fractures to the skull and is calling for five million krónur in compensation from the man. The suspect has been held in custody ever since his arrest.

The man stands accused of having approached one of his work colleagues from behind, as he sat on the ground, and repeatedly hitting him on the head and torso with a claw hammer and a mattock (pickaxe). The man suffered three fractures of the skull in the attack.

The man is also accused of attempted murder, with a back-up charge of serious physical assault, against another colleague on the same building site on the same day. He stands accused of hitting the man, unprovoked, in the head with a claw hammer. That victim is claiming three million krónur in compensation.

According to RUV news from June, the attacks were treated as a major incident and prompted a large police response; though colleagues had managed to restrain the man by the time officers arrived.

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