The parents convicted of assaulting their three children over many years in “Norway’s worst abuse case” pleaded not guilty before the court of appeal (lagmannsretten) on Monday. The parents categorically reject the charges of committing violence and serious sexual assault.
The 40-old-mother and 30-year-old father were charged with ongoing sexual assault of their two sons and the woman’s son from a previous relationship, reported Norwegian news bureau NTB. The indictment contains descriptions of abuse and aggravated assault, allegedly committed over a number of years from when the youngest boys were just one and two years old.
When the case appeared in the Øvre Romerike district court the parents were sentenced to 17 years imprisonment. The boys’ testimony was deemed so coherent and detailed, the court believed it wasn’t possible for them to have made it up. At the time, prosecutor Petter André Johansen described it as the worst abuse case Norway had seen.
The boys will not give evidence at the appeal. Four days has been allocated to play their video and audio interview evidence from the initial investigation, and to show drawings by the boys.