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Brit tried to kill Oslo neighbour over home repairs

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Brit tried to kill Oslo neighbour over home repairs
The victim would have died without prompt care, the court said. Photo: Henrik Skolt / NTB scanpix
10:58 CET+01:00
A British man in his late 40s has been sentenced to eight years in custody for the attempted murder of a neighbour in the Oslo borough of Bjerke. The violence was over a disputed home renovation.
According to the ruling of the Court of Appeals, the Brit stabbed his 30-something neighbour several times in the chest, arms and neck before his dog – a Rottweiler – bit the neighbour in the face while he lay bleeding on the floor, Osloby reported
 
The victim was working frantically to complete home renovations before his wife's due date and thus was working in the evenings and the weekends. He went around to his neighbours to explain the situation and apologize in advance for any noise disturbances from his work. The British man, however, was not home when the victim made his rounds. 
 
One Wednesday evening in July 2014, the Brit came over to complain about the noise and the victim apologized and said he would wrap things up within the next 90 minutes. That following Sunday, the Brit returned while the victim was working to once again complain about the noise. 
 
“You fucking Norwegian, it's Sunday,” the 48-year-old said, before spitting in the man's face. Incidentally, the victim is not Norwegian but rather Albanian according to Osloby. 
 
The expectant father was surprised by the attack and threw his folding ruler at his British neighbour, who then said “You will see what I'm going to do to you.”  
 
The Brit then returned to his neighbour's home and the two started arguing. The victim suggested that they go inside so as not to disturb the other neighbours. The Brit agreed – but only if the Albanian would come to his house. 
 
Once the victim entered the Brit's home, the 48-year-old locked the door and pulled out a knife. According to Osloby he then reopened the door and yelled out in the hallway that he was being attacked before once again locking the victim in. 
 
Then the attack began. He stabbed the expectant father, who also had an eight-year-old child at the time, repeatedly until he fell to the floor. The Rottweiler then bit the bleeding man's face.
 
The Brit then placed a knife in the victim's hand and when the police arrived tried to claim self defence. 
 
The court, however, did not buy it. 
 
“The offence was very serious If the aggrieved party had not received prompt and expert medical care at hospital, he would have died. The defendant acted with the intent to kill and the action was unprovoked,” the court's ruling read. 
 
The Brit was also convicted for a separate incident in which he beat his boss with a broomstick, kicked him as he was lying down and threatened to kill his family. 
 
The 48-year-old Brit will spend a minimum of five years and four months in custody. 
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