Man stabs his wife and baby in Copenhagen

A 41-year-old man allegedly stabbed his wife and one-year-old son in full view of witnesses in Copenhagen's Nordvest district.

Man stabs his wife and baby in Copenhagen
Police investigators at the scene of the stabbing. Photo: Jens Dresling/POLFOTO
A 33-year-old woman and her one-year-old son were stabbed in broad daylight in Copenhagen’s Nordvest district, Ekstra Bladet reports. 
According to the tabloid, the woman and her husband were walking down Tornsangervej shortly after 4pm when they began arguing loudly. The 41-year-old husband allegedly hit his wife and then stabbed her and their one-year-old son numerous times. 
Shocked witnesses apprehended the man and wrestled the knife out of his hand. 
“There were two residents, one of them a young man, who pried the knife from him and held him until we came,” Copenhagen Police spokesman Kenneth Jensen told Ekstra Bladet. “It is very commendable that people took action even though he was standing there with a knife.”
Jensen said that both the mother and her child were in critical but stable condition at Copenhagen’s Rigshospital. 
Police did not speculate about a possible motive, saying that they hadn’t yet spoken with the alleged assailant or the victim. 
The 41-year-old husband was arrested on the spot and was taken for observation at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Forensic Medicine (Retsmedicinsk Institut). He will make an initial court appearance on Tuesday, where he will be charged with two counts of attempted murder. 

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Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

Denmark is to give international war crimes a specific paragraph in its criminal code, ending its position as one of the last European countries not to have specific laws on war crimes.

Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

The government confirmed on Tuesday that it supports a motion by the opposition Socialist People’s Party (SF) to introduce a war crimes paragraph.

“I think it’s important to say first and foremost that war crimes are already illegal in Danish criminal law,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told news wire Ritzau.

“It is not written in as specific clauses in the criminal law, but all offences that are war crimes are criminal,” he said.

“But with all that said, I think that SF has an important point in saying that the time has now come for us to introduce an independent criminalisation of war crimes. I think that would send out an important message to the world, and especially to victims,” he said.

“I will therefore, when the motion is discussed tomorrow [Tuesday, ed.] say, that the government backs criminalising war crimes independently under Danish law,” he said.

Hummelgaard plans to initiate a committee to look into how laws against war crimes can be written and added to the criminal code.

The committee will also consider whether sentences for war crimes should be higher than existing sentences given from crimes such as murder and torture.