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Assault victim Kristoffer Larsgard gets seven years jail for running over a woman’s toes in America

by | 27th, April 2012

KRISTOFFER Larsgard, 33, is another victim of the lunatic American police force and judiciary. For hurting a woman’s toes in his rented car, the Norwegian holidaymaker is now serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence for assaulting six Americans with a deadly weapon.

We go back in time. It is September 24, 2011. Larsgard is in a rented car with his mother Liv. They are driving in Winslow, Arizona, en route to Chicago. Larsgard makes a wrong turn. He is heading the wrong way up a one-way street. A music festival is in full cry. He cannot turn the vehicle. He is hemmed in. Upset by Larsgard’s actions, Michael Mendoza reaches into the car and punches Larsgard, breaking his nose.
 Larsgard wants to get away. He continues to drive. He drives over a woman’s toes. Another woman is grazed.
In a panic, he has reversed onto the kerb and by a makeshift hot-dog stand. By it are a woman and a child. He does not hit them. But witnesses says his actions were threatening and potentially lethal.
Police come. Larsgard and his mum are arrested. They spend seven months in jail awaiting trial. They are often in  solitary confinement . He writes from his cell:
“The treatment I receive here in prison is based on what I have been arrested  for, not what I am convicted of. The conditions here are pretty bad for me right now.  I can get out of my cell three times per week, one hour each time, to take me a shower  and maybe read the documents. Otherwise, I’m inside the cell, which has a toilet, a sink  and a mat to sleep on.”
In court, Larsgard’s hands and legs are manacled.
Says Larsgard to the court in Hoolbrok, Arizona:
“In

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  • David

    I’ve noticed, since I’ve been living in America, that it’s a bad bad place to run afoul of the law if you’re not a US citizen. If you’re a citizen you can probably get bailed out. If not, then off to jail you’ll be going.
    I became a citizen as soon as I was eligible for it, and these days I can do a fairly convincing American accent if needed in the less civilized parts of the country…
    like rural Arizona for instance.
    I’ve noticed that the further west and south you go the more crazy the cops get.

  • The Real Stig

    Interesting to compare all these stories of the US justice system in operation and contrast them with all the Americans and other hicks, closer to home, who banged on about the awful Italian justice systems treatment of Amanda Knox.