A Norwegian martial arts fanatic subjected his wife to over a decade of rape and extreme violence, a court in Oslo heard on Friday.
The 42-year-old is accused of almost continually during 12 years of marriage raping, drugging and violently assaulting his wife.
Three page of charges were read out in Oslo district court on Friday that told how the woman was subjected to repeated rape and sexual assault, violent and often sadistic acts of cruelty, as well as mental abuse over a two year period.
Øystein Storrvik, the accused's lawyer, said to NTB: “My client accepts guilt for the parts of the charge concerning violence, but denies guilt for rape. His opinion is that the sex was voluntary.”
On several occasions during the 35-year-old woman's ordeals, she lost consciousness and suffered serious internal bleeding and fracture injuries. The case only came to the attention of the police after the hospital treating her injuries reported it.
The charged man is a 42-years-old, former Norway champion in his weight of a martial art. The victim - a seven years younger woman - was his co-dependent, before they married.
Assistant lawyer for the prosecution, Nadia C. Hall, said: “The trial is of course a great exertion upon my client. She will be present in court and explain about the points described in the charge. As far as possible, she will follow the trial, but we have to evaluate underway whether she will be able to do it or not.”
The case contains many restrictive circumstances - because the violence and the assaults were especially painful and were “characterized as serious mistreatment”, according to the charge. The prosecution believes that the woman neither dared nor could resist the assaults because she feared continued violence and was strongly under the effect of the drugs that her husband forced her to take.
Prosecutor Cecilie Schløsser Müller confirmed to NTB that she will plead that the 42-year-old to be sentenced to imprisonment in custody but doesn't want to say anything about the length of the penalty.
She will lead 27 witnesses (including six expert witnesses), physicians’ reports, and show videos and pictures seized by the police.
The 42-year-old is supposedly also connected to many other cases, inluding sex orgies, that have been brought to the police's attention. In the case of the sex parties, the man was questioned but not charged by police. The 42-year-old claimed that all sexual activity was voluntary from all parts.
The case that will appear in Oslo district court on Monday exclusively involves the violence and the assaults that the man is charged for against his co-dependent and later his wife. According to Møller, it is too early to say what will happen in relation to the other points of the charge.
Oslo district court have reserved four weeks to the trial of this case.