Norway

Tysfjord sisters appeal lawsuits against the municipality

Two sisters who lost their lawsuit against Tysfjord municipality for not having taken action against neglect of care have appealed the case to the Court of Appeal.

The sister’s appeal has been submitted to Hålogaland Court of Appeal, NRK reports . They demanded NOK 16 million in compensation for the home municipality. Although they lost in the district court, they are determined that the municipality did not intervene against extensive neglect.

– We will get the case reviewed by a higher court. We disagree with the District Court’s conclusion. The District Court also expressed strong doubts, and there are also several deficiencies in the district court’s justification for its conclusion, says the sister’s lawyer, Sicily Kanebog.

The women, who today are in their 30s, grew up with a single mom who struggled mentally, and told in court about an upbringing characterized by chaos, alcoholism and abuse. The assaults should have started when the girls were at the age of 3-4. Both the child welfare service and the police were notified that the girls were being abused.

The municipality’s lawyer believed that the children were followed up in a responsible manner, and that the municipality was thus not liable for damages. Mayor Tor Asgeir Johansen (AP) does not wish to comment on the appeal at this time.

(© NTB)

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