OSLO – A Norwegian court Thursday sentenced a couple to 17 years in prison for violence, rape and incestuous relations with their three sons, calling it the country’s worst sexual abuse case.
A 39-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man had been accused of physical and sexual violence over two years, from a very young age, against the two boys born of their union and the third boy from a previous relationship by the mother.
The boys, now ages 6, 7 and 17, live with separate foster families.
The court in Oevre Romerike in southeast Norway based its guilty verdict on testimonies from the children given in some 20 hours of videos. The boys said they were denied food, beaten and locked up nude in the basement, and were raped and made to abuse each other in a room especially set up by their parents.
The couple moved the family 14 times to avoid being found out, but social services finally intervened in 2011 after having been alerted about a possible case of abuse. The two youngest boys were then placed in foster homes and talked about their ordeal.