On December 17, 2020, 13-year-old Tenzin Yogdas (13) was killed in a speeding car crash in Fruset, Oslo.
The trial against the man accused of negligent murder begins Monday after the incident. The indictment states that police believe he was intoxicated with both hashish and GHP at the time of the accident.
The boy was thrown or dragged on the road 40 meters from the scene of the accident, before colliding with an oncoming car.
– This is a very serious accident, says police prosecutor Bende Wengstadt.
The man, charged in his 30s, admits that he drove the 13-year-old boy himself, but denies the criminal charge of negligent murder.
– He always says that the boy suddenly went straight to the road in front of him. Harold Feltstadt, the man’s bodyguard, says this was supported by a retrospective investigation.
Spoke to police before the crash
One of the witnesses called by the security forces was a police investigator who spoke on the phone with the accused ten minutes before the confrontation.
One week before the fatal crash, on Dec. 8, there was a conversation about police finding the accused asleep in his car.
At the car door he had a GHB bottle.
As TV2 understands, the police investigator did not realize the man accused of being drunk during a December 17 phone conversation.
The person admits that he consumed both hashish and GHB the day before the accident, but believes he was not addicted to GHB at the time of the accident.
– Defender, Harold Feltstadt says he thinks it’s a tragic accident anyway, but it’s an accident that can happen to anyone despite being intoxicated.
A 30-year-old man has also been charged with driving a car without a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident. On December 8, police found him asleep in his car and took a note from him.
Trapped from the scene of the accident
When Thanujen Yogadas was roughly attacked. At around 7pm, the accused person drove the car from the scene of the accident.
Thus, it took several hours for the police to find out who the culprit was.
However, around 11pm, a patrolman noticed a car parked near the Fruset center near the scene of the crash.
The front of the car was clearly damaged and now belongs to the accused person.
The man was arrested at his home around 1 a.m. that night. In the period prior to his arrest, police believe he was further intoxicated at GHP.
It is included as a separate item in the indictment because he must have understood that driving in the evening would lead to a police investigation.
– He pleads guilty most of the time in the indictment, but considering how the boy went off the road, the question is how much he can be blamed for the confrontation, perhaps without looking at himself, says defender Fjeldstad.
– Completely crushed
The case received great attention within days of the death of Thenujen Yogadas. Two days after his death, a memorial service was held where acquaintances and strangers lit candles and laid flowers in memory of the boy.
Sylze Elizabeth Stenwalk, the family’s assistant attorney, says the family is still in deep grief and they are afraid to hold an investigation.
– They are still utterly devastated by the loss of their beloved boy, and are terrified of trial. It would be hard to see and hear all the details, it would be hard to meet the accused, but he says it is important that they are there.
Thenujen’s parents and two friends who were with him when he was attacked will testify in court this week.
Defendant’s attorney says his client is also suffering from tragic consequences.
– No doubt he drove the boy. It’s awful whether you have it whole, small or without guilt. He has two little boys and is sympathetic to his parents. He understands how difficult this can be for them, says Fjeldstad.
The Oslo District Court has set aside four days for the hearing this week.
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