Gordon Rayner, Duncan Gardham
July 27, 2011
Anders Behring Breivik was “surprised” he was able to carry on shooting students on Utoya island for 90 minutes before police eventually caught up with him, his solicitor said, as he made clear he regarded his client as “insane”.
Geir Lippestad said Breivik assumed he would be shot before he even got as far as Utoya, where he killed 68 young members of the Labour Party.
Norwegian police have been heavily criticised for their apparently slow response in getting officers to the island after they received the first reports of shots being fired.
Mr Lippestad said: “He was a little bit surprised that he succeeded. He was expecting to be stopped earlier by the police or someone else on the actual day.
“He thought he’d be killed after the bombing, after the action on the island, and he also thought he’d be killed at the trial.”
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