Danish arsonist done in by his need to masturbate

A 41-year-old man who is standing trial this week for a string of arsons in Odense may have gotten away with his crimes if he hadn’t stopped to pleasure himself in public view.

Danish arsonist done in by his need to masturbate
Photo of an unrelated fire in the northern Jutland town of Fjerritslev. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
Police said that the man crawled onto the terrace of a family home and began masturbating. The strange behaviour, which was spotted by a female neighbour, came on the same day that two fires were set nearby. 
Police spokesman Henrik Justesen told TV2 that the two things seemed awfully coincidental so police decided to check for a connection. 
The masturbating man left a trace of his DNA on one of the terrace chairs and police were able to use that evidence to arrest him back in February and charge him with 14 counts of arson for fires in the Odense area in 2015 and 2016. 
The man’s trial began on Tuesday, with prosecutors saying that he had caused at least 25 million kroner worth of damages. 
Justesen said that police were confident that they have found their man because the fires stopped after his arrest. He described the man as a loner “without much social contact”.
“They run around in their own circles. They don’t take part in social media and they don’t have large social circles but instead keep to themselves. That means that there are very few people who know much about who they are,” He said. 


Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022

The new Light Rail (Letbane) in Denmark’s third-largest city Odense will not open until next year. It was scheduled for completion in 2021.

Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022
Construction of the light rail in Odense. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The delay was confirmed by transport minister Benny Engelbrecht in a written notification to parliament.

 “The beginning of operations at Odense Letbane will be delayed from September 1st 2021 until around New Year 2021-22,” the statement reads.

“This is because the company [Odense Letbane, ed,] can confirm that the [contractor] cannot live up to agreed schedule for handover of the transport system, apparently as a consequence of Covid-19,” Engelbrecht also wrote.

In a statement, Odense Letbane said that the primary contractor, Comsa, had recently given notice that the development would be delayed.

“We have recently been able to see that it would be more difficult for Comsa to finish in time for the planned opening. We have naturally maintained pressure on Comsa for as long as possible,” Odense Letbane CEO Mogens Hagelskær said in the statement, which was reported by TV2 Fyn.

“But the primary contractor has now presented a new schedule… and we must unfortunately concede that the light rail will not be able to open until around New Year,” Hagelskær added.

Spanish firm Comsa has said that the ongoing situation related to the coronavirus across Europe has resulted in difficulties in supplying labour and materials for the project in Denmark. The company has also had to adapt its working methods, which involve housing labourers in small groups, TV2 Fyn reports.

In 2017, a light rail system in Aarhus opened after also experiencing construction delays.