A sex abuser who remained on the loose for nearly a year was found guilty on 11 different charges on Wednesday, including attempted rape, possession of child pornography and weapons violations.
The 41-year-old abused two Funen school girls, aged 10 and 11, in the autumn of 2012. Both girls reported that they were picked up by a man in a red vehicle, leading him to be dubbed in the press as ‘the man in the red car’. Funen residents lived in fear of additional abuses until the man was arrested by chance in July 2013 after police investigating a fire found various drugs and a backpack that contained a choker and cable ties in his possession. A subsequent DNA swab taken from the man matched traces connected to the assaults.
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During his trial, the man claimed that “God told me that I should do these things” and passages from his diary revealed plans to create a “Fritzl-basement” in emulation of Austrian incestuous rapist Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter imprisoned in a cellar for 24 years and abused her repeatedly.
The man was sentenced to indefinite detention, a punishment that can be bestowed upon individuals who are seen as a security risk.
In addition to the sentence, the man has been ordered to pay 100,000 kroner in restitution to his victims.
The man’s lawyer said that a decision on a potential appeal against the decision has not yet been made.