Woman sentenced to one year in prison for burning down her own house in Voss

Bergen District CourtPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

A woman has been sentenced in Bergen District Court to one year in prison for lighting her own house on fire to receive insurance money.

One night in June 2019, a house in Voss burned down. A couple in their 50s were charged with setting fire to their home to get insurance money. 

The woman has now been sentenced to prison. According to the verdict, the court finds it overwhelmingly probable that she started the fire herself.

According to the verdict, the woman removed photo albums, certificates, a bunad, and bunad silver from the house before the fire. 

She is said to have told several people that the house and the renovation were stressful, and she is said to have expressed a desire to set fire to the house.

Man acquitted

“I have said that I was bored and wanted to get rid of everything. Sell ​​the house… But never that I would set it on fire,” the woman said in court.

The woman’s defender, Oskar Ihlebæk, could not comment on the case to newspaper Bergen Tidende (BT) on Monday morning.

The man has been acquitted. Nevertheless, the man and the woman together have been sentenced to pay NOK 1.3 million. 

The man’s lawyer told BT that he is happy to be acquitted. He is surprised that he has been sentenced to pay compensation. Attorney Jannicke Keller-Fløystad assumes that the compensation will be appealed.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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