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Norwegian’s Filipina wife charged with murder

The Filipina wife of a Norwegian man found dead in his bedroom last summer has been charged by police for pre-meditated murder after an autopsy report revealed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Norwegian's Filipina wife charged with murder
An autopsy room. Photo: Shutterstock.
The 30-year-old was arrested this week shortly after landing at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport after a two-month stay in The Philippines. 
 
Helge Ove Irgens, 61, was found dead at his house in Sotra, outside Bergen on 25 June last year.  Police initially concluded that he had died of natural causes, and it was only after they carried out an autopsy, under pressure from his two daughters, that evidence of carbon monoxide poisoning was discovered. 
According to Norway’s VG newspaper, a police analysis of the woman’s computer later revealed that someone had used it to research different murder methods. 
 
Inger-Lise Hoyland from Hordaland Police told VG that police had yet to ascertain the source of the carbon monoxide. 
 
“There are signs that there has been fire in the bedroom, but we can not say anything more,” she said. 
 
Irgen’s daughters told VG that it had been them, not police who had first spotted the signs of fire damage. 
 
Regina (23), told the newspaper she had had to call police three times before they did anything about it. 

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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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