Saturday, December 17, 2011

Danish court sends abusive father to prison (AP)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark ? A Danish appeals court has overturned a ruling that a man who beat and sexually abused children is mentally ill, and has sentenced him to 11 years in prison.

In June, a lower court convicted Harry Larsen of a number of abuses, including using a baseball bat and metal bars to beat some of his family's nine children, and raping two of its teenage daughters. In its sentence, that court said he should be sent to a mental health facility.

But on Thursday, the Western High Court overturned that ruling, saying Larsen isn't insane and he must be imprisoned. The court also upheld the 4-year prison sentence given to his wife, Tine Jensen, for mistreating the children.


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