Man from Finnmark sentenced to eight years of preventive detention for two rapes

Hålogaland Court of Appeal - Nord-Troms District CourtPhoto: Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk / Scanpix
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The Hålogaland Court of Appeal has sentenced a 39-year-old man to eight years of preventive detention for two rapes committed against two women in a drug environment.

The eight-year sentence is the same as the one that the 39-year-old received when the case was heard by Alta District Court earlier this year. 

He appealed the verdict, and now the Hålogaland Court of Appeal has concluded that the man must be sentenced to preventive detention for eight years with a minimum term of five years and four months.

The man is convicted of two rapes committed 13 years apart against two women he had a relationship with. 

The latest attack happened shortly after he was released from prison in the spring of 2019.

Similarities between the cases

“There are several similarities between the rapes, and the latter is somewhat more serious than the former,” the Court of Appeal writes, stating that the risk of future sexual offenses is high.

“His basic personality traits, combined with many years of substance abuse, weak connection to the labor market, and a strong connection to the drug environment, indicate that he has little ability and willingness to break out of a dysfunctional life pattern,” the Court noted.

In addition to the punishment, the man must also pay compensation to the two women totaling NOK 295,000. 

He has also been convicted of animal cruelty and other offenses.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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