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Persistent ‘Panty Man’ jailed in Norway

Dubbed ‘Panty Man’ by the Norwegian press, a 31-year-old resident of Buskerud in south-eastern Norway was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Tuesday for sexual harassment.

Persistent 'Panty Man' jailed in Norway
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The sex offender earned national notoriety for sending messages of a sexual nature to girls as young as ten years old, often asking them to give him their panties.

Tuesday’s guilty verdict by Drammen district court was the man’s fifth criminal conviction, newspaper Budstikka reports.

The court found him guilty of a vast array of offences: aggravated fraud against telephone operator Telenor, a second count of fraud, threatening a taxi driver, 34 counts of identity theft, four counts of sexually harassing children, four other counts of sexual harassment or indecent behaviour, 42 counts of threatening behaviour, one count of disturbing the peace, and one count of shoplifting.

Prosecutors had called for the accused to be given a 15-month sentence, with seven of the months suspended.

Instead, the court opted for a shorter, 11-month jail term, but with none of the sentence delayed.

According to the court, the 31-year-old suffers from a serious psychiatric condition and has a “significantly impaired ability to assess his relationships with other people.”

A Facebook group agitating against Panty Man’s activities currently has more than 4,600 members. 

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Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Norwegian police will continue to be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, but the advice for Pride events nationwide to be postponed has been scrapped, the Police Directorate announced Wednesday. 

Norwegian police to remain armed with advice to postpone Pride events dropped 

Police in Norway will continue to be armed for the foreseeable future, the Norwegian Police Directorate announced yesterday. 

It was announced that police in Norway be armed following a mass shooting in Oslo, which left two dead and 21 injured last week

Yesterday, Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service, PST, lowered the terrorist threat level from extraordinary to high- the second-highest level. 

“The threat level in Norway has changed from extraordinary, to high, according to PST. The danger of follow-up actions or inspired attacks means that the police will continue to be temporarily armed,” the Police Directorate wrote on its website

The police said that PST had widened the threat picture from LGBT groups to other broader targets. 

“PST maintains that LGBTQI + is still included in the target picture, but also people and events that are perceived to offend Islam, religious gatherings and uniformed personnel from the police and defence,” the police said on its website. 

Police also dropped the advice that Pride and LGBT events across the country be postponed. The recommendation was implemented due to a fear of copycat attacks from PST. 

Decisions on whether it was safe for events to go ahead would be made by local authorities going forward. 

“A national recommendation to postpone Pride events expires. The police districts will themselves make risk assessments related to individual events and handling of large crowds based on the overall threat picture and local conditions,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland said. 

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