Woman abused husband for 40 years: prosecutors

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A 72-year-old woman from northern Norway has been charged with abusing her husband for more than 40 years.

Prosecutors say the woman routinely subjected her husband to physical and mental abuse. Among the charges against her are accusations that she cut him with a knife and hit him with various objects, newspaper Avisa Nordland reports.

The man died earlier this year.

The accused, who rejects all charged of violence and assault, contacted the police in 2010 in a bid to force her husband to move out.

“He had called me a whore for so long that I couldn’t take it anymore,” she told the court.

But the case was turned on its head when Salten district court instead issued a barring order against the woman, forbidding her from setting foot in her own home.

The couple’s children have sided with their deceased father, a fact the woman says is the result of her husband feeding them with misleading information.

“I’ve become the big bad troll, but my husband had two personalities – one when we were alone, a completely different one when we were with the children or anyone else,” she told the court.

Prosecutors charged the woman with seriously mistreating her husband on a regular basis since autumn 1961.

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The 72-year-old is accused of forcing her husband to live in the cellar, denying him access to the kitchen, bathroom and toilet, cutting up his clothes and throwing them out the window, discarding his mail, taking away his medications and preventing him from using the telephone.

“I haven’t done any of that,” the woman said.

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