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Denmark shaken by grisly random murder

A 48-year-old teacher has openly admitted to murdering a random young Odense woman in her backyard because her felt “harassed” by her and others.

Denmark shaken by grisly random murder
The 24-year-old woman was killed outside her home. Photo: Sonny Munk Carlsen/Scanpix
Denmark is having a discussion about mental health after a 48-year-old snapped on Tuesday and stabbed a 24-year-old woman to death in her own backyard in Odense.
 
The man, identified only as PN, has admitted to the gruesome killing. 
 
“I took a fillet knife and went down and stabbed her in the abdomen and breast region and then slit her throat,” the man said in a preliminary court appearance according to BT.
 
The man, who is on sick leave from his job as a school teacher, explained his actions by saying he has felt “harassed” by his boss and others in recent months. He said that the mere sight of the woman, whom he did not know, also “harassed” him, causing him to lose control. 
 
“I stuck my head out of the [car, ed.] window yesterday and I felt like she was harassing me. So I went in and got the knife and went down and committed the murder. I felt thoroughly harassed by my boss until yesterday and then I did this thing,” he said. 
 
According to BT, the man has been in treatment for paranoia and psychosis since 2003 while continuing to work full-time as a school teacher until his sick leave six months ago. 
 
PN expressed remorse for his actions but insisted that he had been harassed over a long period. 
 
“What I have done is terrible for the family and so on. I understand that because of my diagnosis it’s easy to believe that it is psychosis talking when I say that I have been harassed, but it is not,” he said. 
 
Forensic psychiatrist Henrik Day Poulsen told BT that it is likely that PN was not taking his prescribed medicine and that people with ailments such as PN’s often feel that the world is out to get them. 
 
“If one doesn’t get their paranoid psychosis treated it can be very unpredictable. It can suddenly flare up and it can be a completely random man or woman on the street that sets off a chain of thoughts within the [paranoid] individual. Without medicine, this is definitely a dangerous condition,” Poulsen said. 
 
Poulsen said it is a “gigantic problem” that so many mentally ill people stop taking their prescribed medicine once they are released from treatment. 
 
“In Denmark, one cannot treat patients against their will outside of a hospital. The moment they are released, they can basically stop taking their medicine. Those are the rules. That is what we are fighting against within psychiatry – convincing people that they actually need to take their medicine,” Poulsen told BT.
 
PN will be held in custody a psychiatric unit for the next four weeks before his case moves forward. 
 

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Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

A Danish court on Thursday sentenced a woman to jail for attempting to launder nearly four billion euros, the largest case of money-laundering in the Nordic country's history.

Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

The 49-year-old Lithuanian woman had confessed to the crime in police interviews, Denmark’s Prosecution Service said in a statement.

Between December 2008 and March 2016, nearly four billion euros were funnelled through a series of companies, all of which had accounts in Danske Bank’s Estonian branch.

“This is the largest amount we have seen in a money laundering case brought before a court in Denmark,” special prosecutor Lisette Jørgensen said in a statement.

“The woman had a role in a large money laundering complex built around 40 Danish limited partnerships,” Jorgensen added.

Using her expertise, she “made it possible for the companies to move money around in order to disguise their illegal origins”, the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecution service, two other defendants in the case have also been linked to the companies. 

One is a 49-year-old former Russian citizen who is in custody after she was extradited from the UK in December 2021, and the other is a 56-year-old Lithuanian man living in Denmark.

The Lithuanian woman sentenced Thursday was given three years and 11 months in prison for laundering millions in a separate case. 

Together with Thursday’s verdict, her total sentence is eight years in jail.

Prosecutors also said the case is connected a larger scandal involving Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest.

The bank is still recovering after it became embroiled in criminal investigations in several countries over some 200 billion euros in transfers that passed through its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015, involving some 15,000 foreign clients, many Russian.

READ ALSO: Danish police drop money laundering case against Danske Bank directors

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