The Danish foster parents in what has become known as the Mern case have been found guilty of abusing nine children in their care between 1990 and 2010. The woman has been sentenced to two years in Jail, while the man will serve two years and six months.
The case first came to light in December 2009 after a 17-year-old foster child ran away and told a friend about the abuse. In January this year, another child came forward to say she and her brother were locked up in the South Zealand house, sometimes for days on end without food.
The couple, however, deny the allegations and say they will appeal to a higher court. They claim the children were violent and that their claims are pure fabrications.
Following the outcome of the four-month trial, the parents have been ordered to pay the victims compensation, and have been banned from working with children under the age of 18.