On January 13, 2020, two people were found dead in a river near Osavatnet near Gulfgellet in Bergen.
The deceased turned out to be 42-year-old Jan Austen Ask Helby and 29-year-old Selge. Both were in room 305 at the hospice at Møllendalsveien in Bergen this weekend in January.
According to the indictment, they were killed in the hospice with a knife and an axe. A 58-year-old man has confessed to both crimes, while two others have been charged with murder and complicity.
Additionally, two men were charged with removing evidence.
These are the accused:
- A man (58) – accused of murder and assault. He pleaded guilty to both counts of murder. He was previously convicted 24 times.
- A man (34) – accused of murder. He denies the criminal charge. Work as a night watchman in the nursing home.
- A man (24) – accused of complicity in premeditated murder. He denies the criminal charge.
- Man (35) – accused of removing evidence, bodily harm and theft. He pleads guilty to criminal charges after the indictment.
- Man (38) – accused of removing evidence. He pleads guilty to criminal charges after the indictment.
Note: All ages after today’s date.
Rejection of escape hopes
A few hours after the murder, the two arrived at Room 305 in the hospice to wash, clean, and take out the bodies.
The 58-year-old says he put one quilt over the face of the deceased Selji.
– why did you do it? asks Attorney General Benedict Horden.
– Because when we stand there and have to shower, I can’t look, says the 58-year-old.
He explains that it was not he who initiated the washing of the crime scene, but this “only facilitated.”
The 58-year-old explains that some of the accused discussed themselves among themselves, and some of them said there was no need to arrest what happened.
On the other hand, the 58-year-old must have turned down these offers first and foremost.
– I told them: «This is what we take, boys. There is no need to do anything here.”
After the room was washed and cleaned, the bodies were loosened in a car. The deceased was taken to Osavatnet by Gullfjellet, and he was thrown into a river. The bodies were discovered by hikers on Monday, January 14.
On the second day of the trial, the 58-year-old accused of murder tells in detail his account of what happened over the weekend.
Many details are strong and not suitable for printing.
I take responsibility for what I did, but I don’t want to be photographed as a predator. That is why I say what happened here today, says the 58-year-old.
The accused stubbornly claims that he was alone in the room when he killed Helby, but that he was not the one who delivered the fatal blow to Selge.
This differs from the indictment, which describes both the 58-year-old and the 34-year-old night watchman who committed the murder with a knife and an ax to the head.
The 58-year-old thinks he tried to hit her with the knife, but ended up with some cuts. The next moment he must have come to himself, and thought, ‘What shall I do? It’s not the problem.
remove hard drive
It is the involvement of others in the case that makes me compelled to abdicate responsibility in this case. The 58-year-old says: “Things have been done here, which I cannot guarantee.”
He claims that other men on the bench exploited his anger against Jean Austen over a financial dispute, and that they had their own agenda to be with the night of the murder.
According to the police, the night watchman must have opened the room’s door, closed the surveillance cameras and prepared a bucket with knives, axes and jackets.
In addition, there must have been a burglary in a shed where the hard drive with the camera recording was removed.
– My biggest wish today is for someone to find the “dreaded” disc. I don’t have a computer knowledge that would allow me to ask someone to turn off the security cameras. I can hardly operate a computer, says the 58-year-old in court.
One month was set aside for the trial after the murder of the elderly in Bergen. According to the 58-year-old’s explanation, the other four defendants will be in the witness box. The latter half of the trial will be used to review a huge amount of forensic evidence.
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