Shocking footage has emerged of a mentally ill Danish man trying to impale people with a bow and arrow in a rampage that killed five people in Norway.
The footage emerged this week after Andersen Bråthen, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a slew of charges in the terrifying October 2021 attack, including five counts of murder as well as 11 others of attempted murder.
“I admit criminal guilt for the entire charges,” Bråthen told Buskerud District Court at the start of his trial.
“Everything, I admit everything,” he emphasized, according to Agence France-Presse.
The footage shows him stalking through a Co-Op Extra supermarket in Kongsberg and repeatedly firing off arrows at innocent bystanders.
Wearing a white vest and without shoes, he spent at least 15 minutes shooting arrows at people in the supermarket as well as outside — even at people in their homes, the court heard. At least three people were struck by his arrows, including an off-duty police officer.
Bråthen then stabbed to death four women and one man, aged between 52 and 78.
He was arrested more than half an hour after he started the bloody rampage, and investigators seized a number of weapons, including knives, a sword, bows and at least 60 arrows, the court heard.
While Norwegian police had initially suspected it was a terror attack, they soon blamed mental illness, saying that he was in a “strongly deviating state of mind” at the time, charging documents show.
Three forensic psychiatric experts who assessed him concluded he was probably insane at the time of the killings. He has been kept at a psychiatric facility since October.
Both the prosecution and the defense argued that he could not be held criminally responsible and advocated a psychiatric commitment rather than a prison sentence.
A trial will decide if he gets prison time or compulsory mental health care. It is expected to last at least a month.
With Post wires