An appeals court in Bærum west of Oslo reduced the prison term handed a 41-year-old man from Poland following his conviction for raping a woman in her 70s. She was attacked while out hiking in the local forest known as Bærumsmarka last year.
The local court (Asker og Bærum tingrett) sentenced the man to five years in prison but that was reduced late last week to four-and-a-half years. The appeals court maintained the actual conviction and the compensation he was ordered to pay to the woman, NOK 140,000 (around USD 18,000).
The defendant has consistently denied having anything to do with the rape. It occurred while the woman was out finding orienterings poster nort of Bykrysset in the valley known as Lommedalen, not far from the lake Aurevann.