A woman and her British boyfriend have been convicted of manslaughter after the woman drowned her infant daughter in a bucket in 2010. The 28-year-old mother was sentenced to eight years in prison for holding her daughter upside down in the bucket, while her 35-year-old boyfriend was sentenced to nine years for instructing the woman online via video from his home in London.
The woman’s lawyer, Geir Hovland, said the mother had never meant to kill her daughter. The child was one year and nine months old when she died after a period of serious abuse. The woman told the court she’d abused her daughter as part of her boyfriend’s discipline plan, reported NRK.
She was relieved with the manslaughter verdict, and would not appeal the judgment. “We always recognized that the actions were both serious and negligent, and my client cannot understand today how she could have committed such acts,” said Hovland. Prosecutors believed she should get a lower sentence than her boyfriend because of her cooperation during the case.
Vibeke Hein Bæra, the lawyer for the British man, said while the sentence was far lower than what prosecutors wanted, her client would appeal. “The whole time he has said that he did not have a role in the abuse of the baby and the picture painted of him is wrong,” she said.