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Man Charged with Attempted Murder at University

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Man Charged with Attempted Murder at University

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A 26-year-old man has been charged by the Reykjavík District Court with attempted murder for an attack in the early hours of Sunday March 6, which took place at the student common area at the University of Iceland.

The man is accused of having stabbed a male acquaintance of the same age with a knife in the right-hand side of his back, around the liver area. The knife cut laterally into the liver and caused arterial bleeding and pneumothorax. The trial will be set at Reykjavík District Court today, Vísir reports.

The District Prosecutor recommends that if found guilty, the defendant should face punishment and be made to cover all legal costs. The victim of the attack is also claiming compensation of ISK 4.3 million (EUR 30,700/USD 34,365). It is reported that the man admitted to the attack while being interviewed by police, but that he denies trying to kill his victim.

In its application to keep the man in custody this march, the police stated that the victim had been in critical condition when admitted to hospital, with a deep stab wound low on the back, which punctured a lung and went deep into the liver.

The fight between the two men is said to have started when the victim-to-be took a photograph of the accused’s girlfriend’s posterior while at a student apartment on campus. The fight is said to have spilled out of the apartment and onto the street, where the situation worsened quickly and ended with a near-fatal stabbing. The accused was held in custody for a month after the incident.

Meanwhile, the victim has since been discharged from hospital.

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