4 Feb 2012

Gunman to appeal second psychiatric exam

7:55 am on 4 February 2012

A Norwegian gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July last year plans to appeal to avoid a second court-ordered psychiatric exam.

Anders Behring Breivik has admitted detonating a bomb at a government building in Oslo that killed eight people before gunning down 69 more at an island summer camp for Labour Party youths.

A controversial initial evaluation found that the 32-year-old is criminally insane. If it is confirmed, it is likely he will be sentenced to a secure psychiatric ward, rather than prison, the ABC reports.

According to his lawyers, the court is not entitled to a second opinion before the trial is held, regardless of his mental state, on 16 April.

Assuming he is found guilty, court officials said, it will be up to a trial-judge panel to decide whether Breivik goes to prison for up to 21 years - the maximum prison sentence in Norway - or to a locked psychiatric facility.