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Hostage for 30 minutes

A 60-year-old man was convicted in Reykjavík District Court recently for taking a 26-year-old woman hostage for a half an hour last February.

The woman, who worked for the Reykjavík Power Company, was trying to turn off the electricity to the man’s company in Kópavogur when she was taken hostage. Bladid reports.

She had permission to turn the electricity off because the man had not paid his bills, but when he saw her at his fuse box, he became so angry that the woman felt compelled to turn the electricity back on.

The man then made her wait in his office while he called the police. In his opinion, the woman had broken the law and should explain herself to the police.

When the police arrived half an hour later, the woman tried to escape the man’s office, but he still would not let her leave until the police made him.

According to Bladid, the woman was deeply traumatized by the event, had sought crisis counsel and now feels insecure when entering buildings.

The man was convicted and sentenced to 30 days in prison, conditional for two years. He also has to pay the woman ISK 100,000 (EUR 1,161, USD 1,457) in compensation and cover all legal costs.

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