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Man Sentenced to Prison for Abusing His Children

The Supreme Court of Iceland sentenced a man to two years in prison yesterday for various violations of the penal code and child protection laws. The man was found guilty of a number of violent crimes against his three children in a period of three years.

The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The abuse was discovered in 2008, after which child protection authorities referred the case to the police. The man, who had custody of his children, maintained his innocence but all three children, born 1993, 1995 and 1999, testified against him, Morgunbladid reports.

The man was found guilty of having thrown knives at his son, thereby inflicting a wound on his inner thigh, and threatening to kill his son with a mock gun, which the boy thought was real.

He was also found guilty of having handcuffed his older daughter to a radiator, beating her and threatening her with a knife.

He tossed his younger daughter fully dressed into a bathtub with cold water and held her there for some time. On another occasion he locked her out of the house in cold weather when she was only wearing pajamas.

The man also killed his children’s pet cat in front of them and on some occasions woke them up drunk in the middle of the night and made them do chores.

Reykjavík District Court had earlier sentenced the man to 18 months in prison but the Supreme Court lengthened the sentence.

The Supreme Court confirmed the compensation ruling: ISK 1.2 million (USD 9,200, EUR 6,800) to one of the children and ISK 600,000 to the other two.

The Supreme Court’s ruling states that this case is unprecedented and that the convict has nothing to say for himself.

The children are now in foster care.

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