Man found dead in pit may have had drug debt

The man who was found lying in a shallow waterhole with his hands and feet bound may have been killed over a drug debt, court documents reveal.

Man found dead in pit may have had drug debt
Police said the man was shot before being thrown into the pit. Photo: Lind Foto/Scanpix
Court documents obtained by TV2 News suggest that the young man whose body was found in a marl pit in southern Zealand may have been killed over a debt related to a large cannabis deal. 
The victim, 34-year-old Jonathan Holst Nielsen, was sentenced to five months in prison in September 2014 for possession of 4.7 kilos of cannabis. According to TV2, court documents show that Nielsen claimed to have purchased the cannabis in Christiania and was due to deliver it to an unknown person at a roadside rest stop. 
But when Nielsen was stopped by police, he was unable to deliver the goods as promised and thus missed out on an estimated minimum of 250,000 kroner that he may have owed to the cannabis dealer. 
Nielsen appealed against his five-month prison sentence and while waiting for his case to reach the high court, he went missing.  
No one hear from him until his body was discovered last week. Police said that Nielsen was shot before being thrown into the pit.  
In a letter provided to TV2, family members wrote that Nielsen “was a good boy” who may have been led astray. 
“We have a feeling that Jonathan, towards the end of his life, felt that he was forced to do things (for others) he should have never done, and which he refused to talk about to his family,” the letter reads. 
South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police are continuing to investigate the case as a murder. 


Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.