• Wed. Sep 21st, 2022

Norwegian court increases sentence for ‘ambulance hijacker’

ByElla E. Kidwell

Mar 9, 2022

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian appeals court has increased the prison sentence of a man convicted of stealing an ambulance and driving it down an Oslo sidewalk in 2019, injuring two babies .

In May, the Oslo District Court sentenced the 34-year-old to 12 years, but the Borgarting Court of Appeal found him guilty on Wednesday of seven counts of attempted murder and added another year of preventive detention to the penalty.

Norwegian media dubbed the man “the ambulance hijacker”. Authorities have not named him publicly.

He pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, uttering threats with a firearm and possession of a weapon in a public place. He denied the charges of attempted murder and threatening police officers.

Authorities said he pointed a gun at police officers before stealing the ambulance on October 22, 2019 and speeding through the Norwegian capital with police cars in pursuit. The babies, 7-month-old twins, were injured, but not seriously, when the ambulance swept over a curb and slammed into a pushchair. An elderly couple dodged the vehicle by diving under a parked car.

Police fired at the tires and eventually stopped the ambulance by ramming the vehicle.

The man told court he had no intention of killing anyone by driving recklessly, but had to carry 50 liters (about 13 gallons) of liquid narcotics to clear a drug debt of 50,000 crowns ($5,600), Norwegian news agency NTB reported.