By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a Norwegian fugitive wanted by authorities in Oslo, Norway for killing his own brother almost two years ago.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said 52-year-old Helge Stensland was arrested last week at his residence in Sta. Cruz, Laguna by operatives from the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).
According to the BI chief, Stensland fled to Manila in April, three months after a Norwegian court sentenced him to seven years in prison for homicide for stabbing his brother Audun inside his home in Hellvik town, Norway on Oct. 16, 2016.
Morente added that aside from his jail sentence, Stensland was also ordered by Norwegian authorities to pay his victim’s widow and his four children more than 1.7 million Norwegian Krones (US$220,000) in damages.
In a report by FSU chief Bobby Raquepo, it was discovered that Stensland had been frequenting the Philippines for the past two decades as he was married to a Filipina with whom he has two children.
Stensland’s crime was ruled as a homicide as the court held that he did not intend to kill his brother when he fatally stabbed him.
Information from authorities revealed that the siblings had just arrived at Stensland’s home from a party when they had an altercation and a fistfight. Stensland got a knife and stabbed his brother once in the chest that led to his instant death.
During the trial, Stensland invoked self-defense, although prosecutors charged that he should be held liable for murder. His case was under appeal and was scheduled for hearing when authorities learned that he fled to the Philippines together with his family.