OSLO, Norway - Witnesses in Norway recounted Thursday how mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik - armed and in police uniform - tricked his way onto a ferry to Utoya island, where he massacred 69 people in a shooting rampage just hours after killing eight people in a bomb attack.
Jon Olson, captain of the MS Thorbjoern ferry, told the Oslo District Court about his "angst and full panic" as he frantically tried to contact police about the island attack after his ferry had docked at Utoya.
Breivik has admitted to the bombing in Oslo's government district and the shootings at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoya. He claims that the July 22 attacks were "necessary" and that the 77 victims had betrayed Norway by embracing immigration.
Olson, who lost his partner, Monica Boesei, the second person to die in the shootings, said neither he nor his crew suspected the uniform-clad Breivik to be anything other than a police officer who had come to inform them about the Oslo attack. Breivik boarded the boat with Boesei and other passengers about two hours after setting off the bomb.
"I don't remember if I saw him shooting Monica, but I think I did," Olson calmly told the court about how he saw Breivik open fire on the island onto which Boesei had also just disembarked. Their two daughters lost a mother, and Olson said 11-year-old Victoria regularly cries herself to sleep.
Breivik showed no emotion as Olson testified. He barely moved in his chair during the six-hour session as witnesses and police gave evidence on the 11th day of the terror trial. Occasionally, he poured himself a glass of water.
Investigating officers told how the heavily armed killer shot his victims, beginning with a security official on the island and then 68 others, mostly the youths participating in the summer retreat.
Breivik's weapons included a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch rifle, equipped with a bayonet; a pistol and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. He was also carrying a gas mask, a tourniquet, flashlight, and three chocolate bars when he arrived on the island, police said.
Ballistics experts said the word Mjolnir - the hammer of the Norse god Thor - was etched onto the pistol handle in Norse runes, while Gungnir - a magical spear belonging to Odin, the king of the Norse gods - was written in marker pen on the rifle.
In earlier court sessions, Breivik has coldly described the meticulously planned attacks in gruesome detail.
Since he has admitted his actions, Breivik's mental state is the key issue for the trial to resolve. If found guilty and sane, he would face 21 years in prison, although he can be held longer if deemed a danger to society. If declared insane, he would be committed to compulsory psychiatric care.
Breivik has said that being declared insane would be the worst thing that could happen to him because it would "delegitimize" his views.
Witnesses described Breivik as composed and behaving normally even as he arrived directly from the devastating car-bombing. Simen Braenden Mortensen, a Labor youth member who registered Breivik's arrival at the ferry point, told the court Breivik said he had been sent to inform the youths on Utoya about the Oslo attack. "He was carrying weapons. We don't see that every day in Norway," Mortensen testified.