Tuesday 24 October 2017

Breivik a 'cowardly little man', says scarred teen victim

Andrine Johansen, who also gave testimony against Anders
Behring Breivik, in Oslo yesterday.
Andrine Johansen, who also gave testimony against Anders Behring Breivik, in Oslo yesterday.

Balazs Koranyi in Oslo

Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is a "cowardly little man", one of his teenage victims said yesterday, after showing a court the scars left by four bullets that pierced her body.

Ylva Helene Schwenke (15) described how Breivik had shot her in the neck and several more times as she lay bleeding, but she declared the bullets she was hit with were a price worth paying for democracy.

"He is a cowardly little man, really," Ylva said. "He shoots a 14-year-old girl from behind, then shoots me twice in the leg; that's the most cowardly thing I've ever heard."

Showing the court the extensive scars that still cover much of her body, she said: "I have no problem showing my scars, I look at them as a symbol of victory. We have to pay a price for democracy but we won."

One of Breivik's youngest victims and the stepdaughter of Roger Ingebrigtsen, the Norwegian deputy defence minister, Ylva wore her wavy brown hair cut short to expose the scars on her neck, shoulder and throat.

"I may not be proud of these scars but I wear them with dignity," she said.

Breivik killed 77 people on July 22, 2011, first detonating a car bomb outside government headquarters and killing eight, then gunning down 69 people, mostly teenagers, at the ruling Labour Party's summer camp on Utoeya Island.

Although he admits the killings, he denies criminal guilt, saying his victims were political activists and traitors.

Irish Independent

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