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Supreme Court Lengthens Sentence for Child Abuser

The Supreme Court of Iceland lengthened yesterday the sentence over a man who committed sexual violations against three young girls in the Westman Islands from seven to eight years.


He is also to pay each of his victims up to ISK 3 million (USD 24,000, EUR 19,000) in damages, Morgunblaðið reports.

The Supreme Court concluded that the man’s crimes were brutal and severe. One of the victims was aged 7-8 when he raped her on six occasions at his home, where the girl often stayed due to the man’s relations with her mother.

Among reasons for lengthening the man’s sentence was the fact that he both photographed and filmed the abuse, which is considered to be an indication of determined criminal intent.

The man was found to be in possession of thousands of other visual materials showing child and animal abuse.

He was also convicted for having committed sexual violations against the 11-year-old daughter of his former partner in 2001 and for having groped a nine-year-old girl who was a visitor in his home in 2011.

The man’s name and other details of the case were not revealed in the verdict out of consideration for the victims.

Fréttablaðið adds that the perpetrator was sentenced to custody at the end of June 2011 at the demand of the National Commissioner for the Icelandic Police, almost one year after police launched their investigation into the case.

The district commissioner of Selfoss, who had jurisdiction in the case, did not request custody over the man before that time despite having obtained visual material showing the brutality of the abuse.

The district commissioner was harshly criticized for allowing the man to go free for almost a year, among others by the senior officer of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offenses Unit.

Click here to read more about the original verdict in the District Court of South Iceland.


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