Norway mass murderer declared insane

Breivik may avoid jail sentence

Self-confessed Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, the BBC reports. Psychiatrists assessing him said they believe he was in a psychotic state during the July 22 twin attacks that left 77 people dead and 151 injured. Though a different group of forensic psychiatrists still has to review the initial mental health assessment, the diagnosis increases the likelihood that Breivik will not receive a jail sentence and will instead be placed in psychiatric care. The Norwegian gunman has admitted to carrying out the attacks, but pleaded not guilty, arguing that mass murder was necessary to defend Europe from multiculturalism.


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