A longstanding feud between two Norwegian brothers has resulted in one of them being ordered to leave their hometown of Etne on Norway’s West Coast. The ruling came after one of the brothers repeatedly rammed the other’s home with his tractor, and then assaulted a neighbour.
Newspaper Haugesunds avis reported that a local court had ordered the violent 55-year-old brother to leave town. Now an appeals court has upheld the order, ruling that it was necessary to protect the other brother, his wife, their son and, most recently, their neighbour.
The man had already been sentenced to more than a year in prison for using his tractor to repeatedly ram into his brother’s home, destroying its walls, breaking windows and otherwise causing extensive damage. Three family members were inside the home at the time of the attack and reportedly were terrified.
State broadcaster NRK has reported that the conflict stems from an inheritance dispute within the family. The convicted man has also threatened his brother with a crowbar. His defense attorney was pondering a response to the failed appeal.