Killer Anders Breivik is unlikely to be declared legally insane in the aftermath of his massacre in Norway, according to a doctor who will decide his state of mind.
The 32-year-old’s planning was so meticulous it would be difficult to argue it was the work of a deluded madman, said Dr Tarjei Rygnestad.
The doctor, who heads the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine, said Breivik’s work to acquire the materials and skills needed for the July 22 attacks argued against psychosis, which is needed for an insanity defence.
Anders Behring Breivik Anders Behring Breivik (Pic: Getty)
Breivik set off a car bomb that killed eight people in Oslo, then drove north to Utoya island and gunned down 69 people – mostly the youth wing of the Labour Party.
He plotted the attacks for years and produced a 1,500-page manifesto.
‘It’s not very likely he was psychotic,’ said Dr Rygnestad, who added that psychosis sufferers are incapable of complex tasks.
‘If you have voices in your head telling you to do this and that, it will disturb everything, and driving a car is very complex,’ he said.
Dr Rygnestad’s board will review a psychiatric report, due in November, before a judge will decide if Breivik can be held criminally liable.
Breivik has admitted the facts of the case but denied guilt because he believes the massacre was necessary to purge Europe of Muslims and ‘cultural Marxists’, hinting at an insanity plea.