The Supreme Court of Iceland sentenced Gestur Hrafnkell Kristmundsson to three years in prison yesterday for deprivation of liberty serious assault, unlawful restraint and attempted extortion.
The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
According to Morgunblaðið, Gestur committed these crimes in partnership with Eyþór Helgi Guðmundsson, who was given two and a half years at the District Court of Northeast Iceland; a verdict he chose not to appeal.
Gestur was given 20 months by the District Court and so his sentence was lengthened by the Supreme Court.
Both men were found guilty of having kept a man captive in an apartment in Akureyri for 12 hours, from 9 pm on August 9, 2009, to 9 am the next morning.
In that time they brutally attacked the victim and threatened to abuse or kill him and his family if he didn’t pay them ISK 1 million (USD 8,000, EUR 6,000).
The verdict stated that the victim still suffers physical and mental effects of the assault.