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Lithuanian torture victim still in coma

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16:12 CEST+02:00
A 30-year-old Lithuanian man remains in an induced coma more than two weeks after he was found hanging upside down in a stairwell at the farm where he worked in Nærøy, north-central Norway.

He is believed to have been left hanging with his hands and feet bound for eight to ten hours, during which time he suffered severe muscular injuries.

Staff at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim said the man was in a stable condition but his injuries were still considered very serious.

As the victim was placed in a coma shortly after he arrived at the hospital on April 7th, police have not yet been able to question him.

“We were informed that it could happen this week or next week, but it will just have to happen when it happens,” police investigator Bengt Ivan Blom told news agency NTB.

Police are still waiting for the results of a forensic examination conducted at the scene, which they hope will provide them with DNA evidence.

Investigators are also awaiting more details surrounding the victim’s electronic activity, including mobile phone records.

Before losing consciousness, the victim told police he had received a visit from two men at around midnight at his home on the farm where he has worked for several years.

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Police are trying to work out how the suspected culprits broke into his home, located on the farm where he worked.

“We’re trying to find out how many keys there were to the building,” said Blom.

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