Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Anders Behring Breivik - a paranoid schizophrenic

Psychiatrists assessing self-confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik have concluded that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia - BBC 29th November 2011 - "Norway massacre: Breivik declared insane."  They believe he was in a psychotic state both during and after the twin attacks on 22 July that led to the deaths of 77 people and injured 151.  This finding is subject to review by the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine.  His actions showed considerable planning prior to the event.  Whether Breivik would be viewed as "insane" for the purposes of the M'Naghten rules test applicable in English criminal law was considered on 27th July - "Breivik - would he have a defence of insanity in English criminal law?"  

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