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Man Acquitted of Abuse Due to Case’s Age

The District Court of West Iceland acquitted a man of sexual abuse against his young niece last week because the violations occurred too long ago for him to be convicted.


West Iceland. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The man was charged with having repeatedly abused the girl from 1990 to 1996 when she was six to 13 years old, Morgunblaðið reports.

The violations are said to have occurred at the girl’s home where the man often spent the night after partying.

The jury concluded that the man is most likely guilty of the violations; the alleged victim’s testimony was consistent and supported by her mother’s testimony, reports.

However, the police did not issue charges against the man until November 2010 and the case had already lapsed on June 17, 2010.

According to the laws that were in place at the time the violations are said to have occurred, crimes become invalid after 15 years and the extension of the lapse began to pass on June 17, 1995, Morgunblaðið reports.


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