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"My son's death is forgotten"

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Johannes Åsheim’s father claims his son’s tragic death has been forgotten in the court case against the dog owner. "She got a fine because her dogs attacked. The fact that they tore my son apart means nothing."

The 48-year-old dog owner from Torpa was sentenced Wednesday for having dangerous dogs and breaching the law for protection of animals. She received 60 days of suspended prison sentence, and was banned against having dogs for life, and she must pay NOK 500,000 (USD 65,500) to the boy’s parents, and NOK 10,000 fine.

7-year-old Johannes Åsheim was killed by dogs on his way home from school in Vest-Torpa in Oppland one day in January 2002.

The woman appealed the sentence at once. According to John M. Hammervoll, the woman’s defense lawyer, is both the suspended sentence and the fact that she lost the right to have dogs for the rest of her life unreasonable according to previous cases.

7-year-old Johannes Åsheim was killed by dogs on his way home from school in Vest-Torpa in Oppland one day in January 2002.
7-year-old Johannes Åsheim was killed by dogs on his way home from school in Vest-Torpa in Oppland one day in January 2002.

Johannes Åsheim’s father had not yet read the verdict when TV 2 Nettavisen called him Wednesday afternoon, but he is also considering taking the case further.

“I have to read the verdict and talk with my lawyer before we decide what we are going to do. I do not wish to go another round in court, but if a new court case will give more justice to Johannes, then, I will do so,” Åsheim said.

“Even if she was convicted on all accounts, it seems irrelevant that my son was killed. She was convicted for other things,” Roger Åsheim told TV 2 Nettavisen

Roger and Bente Åsheim have been very involved in the work for more requirements for dog ownership after their son’s murder.

According to Åsheim, the NOK 500.000 is a bright spot because he hopes it will send a clear message to dog owners.

“We will never get the compensation of NOK 500.000 because the woman owns nothing, but may be the amount will get other dog owners to think about the fact that they are responsible,” Åsheim added.

Johannes Åsheims father, Roger Åsheim, claims his sons tragic death has been forgotten in the court case against the dog owner.
Johannes Åsheims father, Roger Åsheim, claims his sons tragic death has been forgotten in the court case against the dog owner.

Roger Åsheim calls for a law change so that dog owners can be charged and sentenced for involuntary manslaughter.

“The way I see it, it is the way the woman treated her dogs which lead up to the fact that the dogs killed Johannes. The way she fed them made them look at my son as food. They attacked him and fought between themselves for him,” Åsheim said.

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