Danish police search for leads in ‘gruesome’ murder of pregnant woman

Copenhagen Vestegn Police on Monday said that no perpetrator has yet been found in the brutal stabbing murder of a 32-year-old pregnant woman on Friday night.

Danish police search for leads in ‘gruesome’ murder of pregnant woman
A woman lays flowers on Saturday at the spot where a 32-year-old was murdered the night before. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Scanpix
The victim, who was described as “visibly pregnant”, was walking her sister's dog in a park in the Copenhagen suburb of Herlev when she was attacked. 
She was found by a random passerby at 7.15pm and pronounced dead at the scene. The woman had been stabbed several times with a knife. 
“We have a gruesome murder of a pregnant woman and no perpetrator. So it is extremely important to receive tip-offs from the public in this case,” police commissioner Hans Christian Tonnesen said on Friday. 
The tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported that the woman had also been attacked with an axe, but police have not confirmed that detail. 
Police are asking anyone who may have found themselves in Herlev’s Elverparken between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday to come forward, “including those who didn’t see anything suspicious,” Tonnesen said. 
By Sunday, one eyewitness had step forward to report that a man was seen running from the park around the time of the murder. 
“The most important clue at the moment is the witness who saw a man run from the park right after she heard two loud screams. He is suspected [but] we haven’t spoken with him yet,” Tonnesen said on Sunday. 
According to the witness, the man immediately stopped when he was spotted and put his hands up in the air before turning around and running back into the park. 
The witness described the man as being between the ages of 28 and 30. He is around 180cm tall with a slim build and a small face. He was wearing all black clothing with a black hood over a black hat. 
As of Monday morning, police had neither found the man or made any arrests. An autopsy of the victim will be carried out later in the day.  


Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Crime in Copenhagen’s hippie enclave of Christiania is increasing, police in the capital say following a number of drugs-related arrests.

Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Copenhagen Police arrested three men on Saturday for selling cannabis on Pusher Street in the alternative enclave of Christiania, as they continue their efforts to stamp out the area’s former open-air cannabis market. 

According to police, 875 people were arrested for selling cannabis in the first 11 months of 2022, more than in any other year over the past four years. 

A possible explanation for the increase in arrests could be that the rewards for operating hash stands have receded, according to a police spokesperson.

“It is extremely unattractive to stand out there, and therefore a lot of new people come in who have no idea what it is all about. Many of them come from outside the catchment area, and some of them are peripherally associated with a criminal group,” Simon Hansen, head of a Copenhagen Police special unit, told newspaper Politiken.

“It’s a bit – in inverted commas – ‘easier’ for us to catch these people,” he said. 

Around half of the stalls in the street are linked to various gangs and biker gangs, such as Satudarah, Bandidos, Hells Angels and Loyal To Familia, with the rest run by people living in Christiania, the Berlingske newspaper reported earlier this month.

The trend of rising crime occurs against a background of potential housing develop in Christiania, as the enclave’s residents decide on a plan to put affordable housing in the area.

Copenhagen Police last year told news wire Ritzau that the majority of people who are arrested within Christiania come from socially underprivileged or marginalised backgrounds.

They are exploited in gang and biker circles, resulting in them in some cases operating the illicit hash market stalls, according to the police.

Conflicts between organised crime groups have reportedly become more frequently aired in the Pusher Street market.

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