Ólafur Thór Gudmundsson, a resident of Hnífsdalur in the West Fjords, who is in his 50s, was sentenced to six years in prison in the Supreme Court of Iceland yesterday for shooting at his wife with a shotgun at their home in June last year.
The Supreme Court gave the man a longer prison sentence than ruled by the District Court of the West Fjords, which concluded that he should serve a sentence of 4.5 years. His wife is entitled to ISK 1 million (USD 15,000, EUR 11,000) in compensation, Morgunbladid reports.
The Supreme Court Ruling stated that the woman had not suffered serious injuries from the gunshot wound but that her life was spared by coincidence alone. The woman had escaped to the door and once it was open her husband had fired the shot. The bullets were so close that they brushed her shoulder. The court did not believe that the shot had been accidental.
Apparently, the man made went to these lengths after his wife told him that she was going to leave him.