Man appeals prison term in assault case

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A man in his 50s has appealed his conviction and prison term by a court in Nordland County, after it found him guilty of repeated sexual assaults against a mentally retarded woman. The case is among the scores of assaults emerging in the small northern community of Tysfjord.

The court, Ofoten Tingrett, sentenced him to four years in prison, an even harsher punishment than prosecutors had sought. The court found the prosecutor’s suggested punishment “too mild” as one of the first cases in the Tysfjord drama unfurled.

Judge Øivind Johnsen claimed that since the victim was at an added disadvantage because of her mental state, the assaults should be judged as rapes. The defendant has appealed on the grounds that he’s not criminally at fault and that the sentence was far too strict. staff