Tuesday, May 24

Gaute Drevdal sentenced to one year in prison in the Court of Appeal – acquitted of eight of nine rapes

Gaute Drevdal has been sentenced to one year in prison in Borgarting Court of Appeal. He was acquitted of eight of nine rapes.

The Borgarting Court of Appeal came on Friday with the verdict in the appeal case.

On Friday, the Borgarting Court of Appeal acquitted Gaute Drevdal of eight of the nine rapes he was charged with.

– We are very happy. But after the presentation of evidence that was offered in the district court, the result was expected, says Drevdal’s defender Victoria Holmen in Matrix lawyers.

She has defended Drevdal together with lawyer Ida Andsnæs from Elden.

– It is good to see that the Court of Appeal distinguishes between evidence and political currents. And it is good to see that the rule of law is working.

Drevdal is still sentenced to pay compensation to several of the victims in the case. Holmen says that they will now consider appealing the civil claims against Drevdal to the Supreme Court.

– I also do not think they stand up, she says.

The case took place in Borgarting between October and December last year.

Reduces the sentence by 12.5 years

In the summer of 2020, Drevdal was sentenced in Oslo District Court to 13 years and six months in prison for raping nine women and having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl between 2005 and 2014. In addition, he was sentenced to pay the aggrieved in the case a total of over 1 NOK 4 million in redress and compensation.

Drevdal has always denied criminal guilt and appealed the verdict to the Court of Appeal.

Most of the victims were part of the cultural and nightlife community around Drevdal, who was, among other things, editor of the magazine Natt & Dag between 1995 and 2004 and press manager of the Hovefestivalen between 2007 and 2014. He was initially referred to as the “cultural profile” in the media.

In her introductory speech in the Court of Appeal, prosecutor Trude Antonsen said that there have been two more reports against Drevdal. One is placed on the position of the evidence, while it has not been decided whether to prosecute in the other case.


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