Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case

Funen Police announced on Tuesday evening that the German driver of a vehicle that was struck by a 30 kilo stone tile is now out of critical condition.

Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case
Police technicians look for clues on the overpass. Photo: Kim Rune/Scanpix
The 36-year-old male driver’s 33-year-old wife was killed when the stone was thrown from a motorway overpass on Sunday morning. Their five year-old son escaped serious injury. 
Police said that an autopsy of the female victim proved without a doubt that she was killed directly by the heavy tile. 
“We can now say with certainty that the cement block cost the woman her life but beyond that we do not want to get in to the details of the autopsy results,” Commissioner Michael Lichtenstein said in a press release. 
The 36-year-old German man is still in an artificially-induced coma at Odense University Hospital. 
Lichtenstein said police have been contacted by several hundred members of the local community following the deadly incident, which police are treating as a murder and attempted murder.
“We are working intensively to sort through the enquiries from the public. But we are still missing information on where the stones that were thrown from the overpass came from,” Lichtenstein said. 
He added that many private citizens and local businesses have offered to put up a reward for any information that would lead to an arrest. 
“The enquiries about a reward go to show how much this case has affected the public,” he said. 
Funen Police said early this week that Sunday’s fatal incident was at least the third time over the course of the weekend that heavy stones were thrown on moving cars from the same overpass. 


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.