Icelandic Man Arrested In Texas

Icelandic Man Arrested In Texas

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons

Published March 15, 2017

An Icelandic man was arrested in Austin, Texas last week for assaulting his Icelandic girlfriend at the Four Seasons hotel, reports Vísir.

The suspect was released on bail after paying 650.000 ISK (6.000 USD) the following day and as he was not required to stay in the country he flew back to Iceland.

In Texas, a victim of domestic violence does not need to press charges against her attacker, the police decide whether or not to press charges and Austin police confirmed they felt the situation serious enough to arrest the man on the spot.

Icelandic Police have had the same right –  to charge a perpetrator of domestic violence, even if a victim withdraws charges – since 2015.

According to unnamed sources, police have regularly been called to the suspect’s home in Iceland following violent outbreaks, though none of those incidents have lead to convictions.

The suspect’s former spouse of 17 years has spoken out about the physical and mental abuse she suffered at the suspect’s hands, including an incident in a hotel room in London where he allegedly nearly strangled her to death. When hotel staff came to her aid, she acted as though everything was fine while the suspect threatened her with a fist out of view of the staff.

If you, or anyone you know are victims of domestic violence, please know that you have rights and can find help and/ free counselling at Iceland’s Women’s Shelter.

The Women’s Shelter Telephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day.
Phone: 561 1205

The Women’s Shelter also has support groups with regular meetings where a few women and a professional facilitator meet to talk and support one another.


News
Investigation Opened Into Chatty Bus Driver

Investigation Opened Into Chatty Bus Driver

by

An investigation has been opened into an incident in which a bus driver allegedly spoke on his mobile phone without

News
UPDATE: Man Just Couldn’t Wait To Shoot His Gun

UPDATE: Man Just Couldn’t Wait To Shoot His Gun

by

Police have arrested the man who shot off a gun in Kópavogur earlier this week, reports RÚV. Police confirm that the

News
Local Mink Shot Dead In The Streets

Local Mink Shot Dead In The Streets

by

The scuttling mink spotted in Reykjavík city centre yesterday morning has been shot by an animal control officer, reports Vísir.

News
Gunshots Fired In Kópavogur

Gunshots Fired In Kópavogur

by

Capital Area Police were called to Kópavogur at around 21:00 last night after reports of gunfire in Grundahverfi. As many

News
BEWARE: Mink Terrorising The Streets Of Reykjavík

BEWARE: Mink Terrorising The Streets Of Reykjavík

by

A mink has been spotted scuttling across the streets of Reykjavík. The unnamed mink was captured on video by the

News
Without Asylum In Iceland, Will Be Deported To Iran, Likely Executed

Without Asylum In Iceland, Will Be Deported To Iran, Likely Executed

by

Grapevine has just learned that Amir Shokrgozar, an asylum seeker from Iran, has been denied any kind of care or

Show Me More!