Four men convicted of brutal north Denmark murder

A district court in the town of Hjørring on Tuesday convicted four men for a brutal assault that cost a 20-year-old man his life in January 2017.

Four men convicted of brutal north Denmark murder
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The assault occurred in the northern seaside town of Skagen, a popular tourist destination.

North Jutland Police prosecution authority confirmed the conviction on Tuesday.

The assault by the four men on January 16th last year is reported to have been motivated by revenge. The victim was alive but unconscious when emergency services reached him, but died of his injuries two days later.

During court proceedings, the four suspects are reported to have attempted to shift blame onto one another. But the court eventually found them to have collective responsibility for the attack.

The jury was unable to ascertain which of the men was responsible for the strike that killed the victim, reports local media Nordjyske.

The prosecution said it believed the motive of the crime was the alleged supply by the victim to one of the attackers of ketamine, normally an animal tranquiliser.

The attacker, then aged 19, suffered loss of feeling in his legs after taking the drug, resulting in the act of revenge by the group, the prosecution said.

Another of the attackers, a 42-year-old man, said that he met with the other three men on the night of the attack, where they planned to punish the 20-year-old, who was reportedly from Greenland, for the ketamine incident.

But the attack escalated and ended in fatality.

“I heard his skull crack at least once and [he] shouted ‘stop, stop’,” the 42-year-old said in court.

All four men were found guilty of manslaughter.

The prosecution also asked for indefinite custody (forvaring in Danish) of the 42-year-old, who is considered particularly dangerous. The other three men are expected to be given normal custodial sentences.

Sentencing is scheduled to be given on January 16th.


Domestic helper suspected of stealing valuables and cash from older adults in Copenhagen

A 31-year-old female domestic helper is suspected of having stolen cash and jewellery from elderly citizens and withdrawn money from their Dankorts in the amount of over 50,000 kroner.

Domestic helper suspected of stealing valuables and cash from older adults in Copenhagen

The woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with theft and information fraud. There are ten victims in the case.

The police suspect the woman of having stolen from citizens whose homes she has visited as part of her work as a domestic worker in various places in Copenhagen.

“She has worked as a domestic helper and has been in people’s homes as an employee,” Bjarke Dalsgaard, deputy police inspector at Copenhagen police, said.

According to the police, the woman has stolen jewellery and cash on ten occasions. In addition, she has stolen debit cards in four cases and withdrawn money using them. The money that has been withdrawn alone adds up to a value of 52,000 kroner.

Copenhagen police received the first report of theft in the case at the beginning of 2022.

According to the police, the 31-year-old domestic helper admitted to one instance of crime (the theft of around 400 kroner) but pleaded not guilty regarding the remaining 13.