Police investigators at the scene of the stabbing. Photo: Jens Dresling/POLFOTO
The 33-year-old woman who was attacked by her husband in Copenhagen on Monday was stabbed as many as 11 times in the neck, while her 16-month-old son was stabbed numerous times in the neck and upper body.
The police charges filed against the woman’s 41-year-old husband, who is the father of the child victim, revealed the gruesome details of the attack, which was carried out in broad daylight in Copenhagen’s Nordvest district.
According to police, the man used a paring knife with a 8.5 cm blade.
Both stabbing victims remain in critical but stable condition.
The suspect appeared in a Frederiksberg court on Tuesday where he pled not guilty to two counts of attempted murder. He will be held on remand for the next four weeks.
According to Ritzau, the man is a Somali citizen who has a previous criminal record. He is in Denmark under a scheme known as tålt ophold, in which rejected asylum seekers are allowed to remain in the country due to dangerous conditions in their homelands.
Several residents witnessed the Monday attack and onlookers managed to wrestle the knife away from the man and hold him down until police arrived.