Larissa: Three sisters reported their parents for domestic violence

A case of illegal detention, which was tried in the Autoforo Three-member Criminal Court of Larisa, revealed the drama experienced by three sisters from their parents for many years.

The mother of the three girls sat on the bench today (22/9) on the charge of illegal detention. The woman is accused of locking her two daughters in the laundry room of the house where they lived for half an hour. The girls were released by their father and the girls then reported the incident to the police. The trial was finally held today, having already received an adjournment on Tuesday.

But in the court room on the occasion of this incident, the eldest daughter of the family, 24 years old, revealed that it was not an isolated incident as she and her sisters had been victims of domestic violence by the mother and father for many years.

“This is not an isolated incident but the culmination of domestic violence from our childhood,” the 24-year-old testified in court and added that her father, a professor by profession, sent her to the hospital twice for an insignificant reason. “They have a right according to God to beat us,” the 24-year-old testified that their mother told them when the girls complained about their parents’ behavior. The girl lives on the ground floor of the house and when asked by the court why she does not leave as an adult, she replied that she is financially dependent on her parents. In fact, as she testified, her mother was responsible for the loss of her previous job.

Coming to Monday’s incident, the girl testified that she went upstairs to the laundry room with her 18-year-old sister to get an item. At that moment, their mother came up and asked them what they were doing there. The girls didn’t answer and the woman closed and locked the metal door to the laundry room. The 24-year-old testified that she did not say anything to her mother beforehand that would justify this behavior and when asked by the court why she did this, the answer was that “she did it because she didn’t get the attention she wanted. It feeds on discord.”

The incidents of domestic violence were also confirmed in their testimony by the other two sisters aged 18 and 16, with the youngest even saying that they were beaten for a trivial reason.

The girls were finally unlocked from the laundry room by their father who was called to court as a defense witness for the accused. “I heard banging from the laundry room and then my wife comes and says go unlock the girls,” the witness testified. When asked by the court why the woman did not go to open them, he replied that she was scared because his daughters were aggressive. “She was afraid that she would be attacked,” the father testified.

This answer brought the reaction of the prosecutor who asked the man why the girls were aggressive. “You’re in the same house and you can’t answer why girls would be aggressive with their mother?” asked the prosecutor with the man finally answering, “They want to take over the financial management of the house because we don’t do any whim to the second daughter. To go study with money that doesn’t exist.” In fact, when asked by the prosecutor about the physical and verbal violence reported by the children, the man emphasized that the accusations are lies and added that the problems with his two daughters started when he and his wife paid more attention to their youngest daughter who was facing some health problems.

In her plea, the defendant testified that she locked the door instinctively as she was afraid of falling down the stairs into the laundry room because of the tension with her daughters. “I saw my daughters in the laundry room and asked them what do you want? are you looking for something? They didn’t answer and I persisted,” the woman testified about the incident and added that her second daughter started the abuse.

“I fell down the stairs and I was afraid of falling again. I instinctively locked the door and told my husband to go unlock it.” When asked by the prosecutor why she insisted on the questions, the defendant replied that “it seemed strange to me because they didn’t tell me what they wanted. Maybe I was wrong.”

“Is this control emotional abuse?” asked the prosecutor.

The accused did not answer. He was content to say at the end that “my children will have to understand that I care.”

Upon completion of the accused’s testimony, the prosecutor’s admonishment followed, who, driven by what the first girl testified at the beginning, said: “I wonder which God would want this?” What God would want three girls to come here and testify for their parents that they are being treated this way? What God would want to hear that our mother locked us in the laundry room because we didn’t answer her? Let’s say she was ridiculed, let’s say she was disparaged? Is it legal for the mother to lock the children in the laundry room? Are we there yet? Is this the Christian teaching that this mother and father embrace and the way they have decided to raise their children?’

The prosecutor also emphasized that “these parents abdicate their responsibilities by shifting the burden of responsibility to the children, attributing to them the responsibility for all the bad things in the house” and suggested the defendant’s guilt for the crime of illegal detention.

The court agreed with the prosecutor’s proposal and imposed on the defendant a total prison sentence of 12 months suspended for three years and with the condition that she attend weekly sessions at a mental health center.


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