Anders Breivik recounts the chilling details of his killing spree

Relatives of the Utoya Island victims listened in horror as Anders Breivik recounted the horrific details of his killing spree during his trial in Norway.

Before giving his testimony, he warned that some people might want to leave room as it would be "horrendous".

Taking the first shot seemed to take for ever. I knew what I was doing, I knew it was wrong.

There were a hundred voices in my head saying "don't do it", I pulled the trigger once and it was easier after that.

– ANDERS BREIVIK

He told how in one room he shot a group of four or five people, adding that "many were screaming and begging for their lives" while others were so "paralysed" with fear that they did not run away even when he stopped to reload his gun.

He also told the court he did not shoot a young girl and boy on two separate occasions because he thought they were younger than 16. However his youngest victim had just celebrated his 14th birthday.

Anders Breivik
Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik Credit: Reuters

Europe Correspondent Martin Geissler, who sat behind Breivik in court, said he spoke with chilling calm and clarity about killing teenagers on Utoya. He added that "he discussed the rampage as you'd describe a journey to work".

Breivik told the court he built up tactical strategies to de-humanise himself, so he could carry out the attacks. He said he was a "nice, sympathetic, caring" person until he began to prepare and train himself in 2006.

Martin said his defence team are clearly trying to prove he's not insane, highlighting the measured lengths he went to, to put his plan together.

Remember, this trial is not about Breivik's guilt, but his sanity. He wants to go to a mainstream prison, not a mental hospital. He's desperate to be seen as a serious and credible right wing-extremist, not a criminal lunatic.

– Martin Geissler, Europe Correspondent