Australian woman goes to jail in Iceland for biting violent ex-husbands tongue

Protestors outside the Hólmsheiði prison today.

Protestors outside the Hólmsheiði prison today. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

 The mother of an Australian woman who was sentenced by the Icelandic state court to prison for biting a part of her husbands tongue has written a letter to the Ministry of Justice to ask that her daughter be pardoned. 

Nara Walker was sentenced to 18 months in prison in December for biting 2.8 cm off her husbands tongue and for attacking another woman. 

Mótmælendur koma saman á Hólmsheiðinni.

Mótmælendur koma saman á Hólmsheiðinni. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

Afplánun hennar hefst í fangelsinu á Hólmsheiði í dag og voru af því tilefni haldin mótmæli þar fyrir utan. Mótmælendur voru hvattir til að hafa límband fyrir munni „sem er táknrænt fyrir raddleysi kvenna í réttarkerfinu,“ að því er segir í Facebook-viðburði. 

Numerous Icelanders protested against her impisonment outside Hólmsheiði jail today. Protesters had tape over their mouths "as a symbol of the lack of women's voices in the judicial system."

"My daughter has fought for fifteen months to try to show that her act was one of self defence due to serious domestic violence which unfortunately led to her ex-husband being hurt," writes her mother Jane Walker.  Walker goes on to say that her daughter has been banned from leaving Iceland and is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. SHw feels that the sentence is a harsh one and worries about her mental health. 

Fangelsið á Hólmsheiði.

Fangelsið á Hólmsheiði. mbl.is/Hari

Límbandið fyrir muninum á að vera táknrænt fyrir raddleysi kvenna ...

Límbandið fyrir muninum á að vera táknrænt fyrir raddleysi kvenna í réttarkerfinu. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon

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