Thomas Møller Olsen, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the murder of 20-year-old Birna Brjánsdóttir, has appealed his conviction to the newly established Land‘s Court.
Olsen, who is from Greenland, was accused of having attacked Birna in a red Kio Ria rental car near a pontoon at Hafnarfjörður harbour. Examinations on Birna‘s body indicate she was hit repeatedly in the face and head, as well as a strong force being applied to her neck, before being tossed into the ocean where she drowned.
According to Greenlandic state television KNR, the Land‘s Court will pick up the case early next year. The newly established middle judiciary tier will require a repeat of all examination of witnesses, which has never been done before in Icelandic courts.