Sunday 17 December 2017

Breivik's mother 'could not cope'

Richard Orange in Malmo

A CHILD psychologist recommended that Anders Behring Breivik be removed from his mother because she could not cope with his aggressive and anxious behaviour, an Oslo court has heard.

The disclosure is the first time the court has been given details of the 1983 report when Breivik and his mother Wenche Behring spent three weeks in a care centre as she struggled to cope with her "difficult" child.

"Anders' care situation is so failing that he is in danger of developing more severe psychopathology," the National Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recommended.

It came as Torgeir Husby and Synne Sorheim, the two forensic psychiatrists who concluded that Breivik is a paranoid schizophrenic, gave their evidence to the court.

Their report last December led to an outcry from parents of some of the 77 people he killed in Norway.

Their lawyers then asked the court to commission a second report, which came to the opposite conclusion, that Breivik was sane enough to be held responsible.

Dr Husby and Dr Sorheim began their testimony by denouncing the "wild and unprincipled behaviour" of their colleagues, who have queued up to criticise their diagnosis.

"Our critics have in common that they have remotely diagnosed," Dr Husby said.

The two psychiatrists' testimony is crucial because the judges have lost two key witnesses they hoped to hear on the central question of the mass killer's sanity.

Ms Behring herself was excused from testifying in court due to ill health. She then withdrew her consent for the child psychiatrist who treated her and her son in 1983 and 1984 to speak publicly about their case.

The two psychiatrists told the court of their interview with Breivik's mother, when she told them of her son's increasingly bizarre behaviour after moving in to live with her in 2006.

The two psychiatrists behind the controversial forensic report that ruled Breivik a paranoid schizophrenic said they were sticking by their conclusion at the end of a day in which they gave an exhaustive overview of November's report.

Dr Sorheim conceded that the extremist has an "unusual" form of the condition, as he lacks hallucinations or any "detectable cognitive impairment". But she said she and her colleague Dr Husby remained confident. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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