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OSLO - When Norwegian ferry captain Jon Olsen asked the young policeman to cover his gun so as not to upset children on an island summer camp last July, he could hardly have expected that within minutes the officer would turn into a mass murderer.
Olsen told Anders Behring Breivik's trial on Thursday how Breivik, wearing a police uniform, had obliged and covered the gun in a plastic bag, saying he was just there to protect the camp after a terrorist attack on Oslo hours earlier.
Olsen even helped Breivik with his bags on arrival at the island of Utoeya, only to watch him unwrap the gun and shoot Olsen's girlfriend Monica point-blank, starting a killing spree that claimed the lives of 69 people, most of them teenage campers.
Standing about 10 meters away, Olsen fled for his life into the woods before making his way back to the boat to ferry a handful of people back to the lakeshore. They lay down flat in the boat in fear that Breivik would fire at them.
Breivik, who says his teenage victims were fair game because they were politically active, listened impassively to Olsen's account in a courtroom specially built for the trial, now in the third of its expected 10 weeks.
Breivik has admitted the killings but denies criminal responsibility, saying was defending Norwegian ethnic purity from Muslim immigration and the multiculturalism promoted by the Labour party.