Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb blast and gun rampage last July, has told psychiatrists of his regret at the loss of his "great Nordic nose".
Torgeir Husby and Synne Soerheim, the forensic psychiatrists who on Tuesday submitted their evaluation of Mr Breivik to the Olso court, said he displayed an unusual sensitivity about his appearance, complaining if he was forced to attend meetings unshaven.
Mr Breivik told them that he regretted plastic surgery he had received, aged 20, to slim his nose.
“I took away the cartilage. In retrospect, I have seen it as a mistake. I had a great Nordic nose, while the one I have now is not original,” he told them.
Mr Breivik has described his attacks as “atrocious but necessary”, and committed out of love for his country, which he believed was in the midst of a clandestine Islamic takeover.
He saw himself at the head of a new Knights Templars, who, like the crusaders of old, would defend Europe.
The two psychiatrists on Tuesday concluded that Mr Breivik was a paranoid schizophrenic who had been in a state of psychosis at the time of the attacks, basing their diagnosis on 36 hours of interviews with Mr Breivik.
Christian Hatlo, the Norwegian prosecutor, said that Mr Breivik had been 'insulted’ by the result and believed it would be used to mount a 'character assassination’ in the mass media.
“He said he had feared that conclusion, but didn’t think it would come,” Mr Hatlo said. “It didn’t appear that he accepted it.” Norway’s right-wing Progress Party, of which Mr Breivik used to be a member, expressed its anger that the psychiatrists had differed from others in their profession, who argue that a true schizophrenic would be incapable of mounting an attack as well-planned as that of Mr Breivik.
“It is completely incomprehensible and surprising that an individual who has planned these acts in such detail and who has proven himself capable of carrying them out should be declared unaccountable,” Per Sandberg, the party’s vice chairman, told Verdens Gang.
The evaluation has to be approved by a panel of the Board of Forensic Medicine before it is accepted by the court. Mr Breivik’s trial has then been scheduled to take place in April next year.
If he is found guilty, he is likely to be transferred to a psychiatric institution for compulsory treatment.If he is judged to no longer pose a threat, he could theoretically be released after just three years