Photo: Søren Storm Hansen/Flickr
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday for stabbing and killing her husband in the southern Zealand town of Næstved, local police officials reported.
The woman called the police herself and told them that she had killed her husband. When officers arrived, they found the man dead in the couple’s home.
The 71-year-old woman will make an initial court appearance on Friday.
According to Ritzau, the deceased man became the 34th murder victim in Denmark this year. The agency reported that only 35 people were killed in all of 2013, but The Local spoke with a police spokesman who said there were 46 killings in 2013.
Police statistics reveal that the highest number of killings in recent years was in 2008 when 79 people were murdered. According to the Danish Crime Prevention Council (Det Kriminalpræventive Råd), in the vast majority of murders the perpetrator and victim know each other. Between 2003-2011, only 16 percent of the 416 killings in Denmark were carried out by complete strangers.