Breivik Trial: Wounded Tell Of Utoeya Massacre

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik has begun hearing testimony from witnesses who survived being shot by him during the massacre on the island of Utoeya.

Breivik says he carried out the killings to protect Norway from multiculturalism

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik has begun hearing testimony from witnesses who survived being shot by him during the massacre on the island of Utoeya.

One witness who escaped by swimming told the court she had given up, but preferred to drown than be shot.

Another described how he had covered himself with soil to hide from Breivik.

Breivik, 33, admits killing 69 people at the youth camp on Utoeya and eight people in a Oslo bomb attack last July. He denies criminal responsibility.

Fighting back tears as she recounted her ordeal on Utoeya, Silja Kristianne Uteng, 21, told the court she fled across the camp site into the lake and "swam for life" along with several others, but saw the killer appear at the shore.

"I thought that now I will die," she said. "I thought that I would rather drown than be shot." She managed to swim the 600m through icy waters to the mainland.

Ms Uteng said she only realised she had been shot in the arm on the island when she took off her jacket and saw blood and a bullet hole.

Punctured lung

Another survivor, Lars Groennestad, 20, said Breivik shot him in the shoulder blade, narrowly missing his spine but puncturing his lung.

He said he ran to hide under trees, covering himself in soil to reduce the likelihood of being spotted, and waited until police came to help him.

A third witness, Frida Holm Skoglund, asked for Breivik to be removed from court, as she was too nervous to testify before the man who tried to kill her.

Breivik claims to have been defending Norway from immigration and says he attacked the Labour Party youth event on the island of Utoeya because of the party's support for multiculturalism.

Last week, the court heard from survivors who escaped unhurt, as well as the last of evidence from coroners who carried out post mortem examinations on Breivik's victims.

During Friday's proceedings, the brother of one victim threw a shoe at Breivik, but missed, instead hitting one of Breivik's lawyers, Vibeke Hein Baera.

The trial's outcome hinges on whether the court finds Breivik to have been sane. If it does, he could face 21 years in prison, if not, he is likely to be held indefinitely in a psychiatric institution.

Breivik seeks to prove his sanity, as he wants to demonstrate that he acted out of ideological motivations.