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Man found guilty of murdering family in Denmark

A jury at Frederiksberg City Court has found a 39-year-old man guilty of last year murdering his wife and three children.

Man found guilty of murdering family in Denmark
A flower left on a hedge outside the apartment block where the murders took place on April 11th last year. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

The jury reached its decision in the case on Wednesday, reports news agency Ritzau.

A sentence will be given in May following a statement by the Danish Medical Legal Council (Retslægerådet) in regard to the man's psychiatric state, the agency writes.

He admitted the crimes at a preliminary hearing shortly after his arrest last year and again at the start of his trial in February.

The man, who is of Afghan heritage, said that the killings were the culmination of a long-running conflict with his wife.

“We fought all the time. She had promised my daughter to a man in Afghanistan. I didn't want that,” he said according to Ritzau's report.

“I lost control of myself that morning. I was not myself, I was driven to insanity after everything she said to me,” he said in court.

The murders took place on April 11th last year at the family's home in the Brønshøj neighbourhood near Copenhagen. Three children and their mother all lost their lives.

The mother, who was 36, was shot twice with a pistol, while the children, aged 13, 15 and three, all suffered several knife wounds, Ritzau writes.

Police found the man inside the apartment on arrival at the crime scene.

According to a mental examination, the 39-year-old was not insane at the time of the crime, but has since developed psychotic symptoms, prosecutor Stine Winther said on the first day of the trial.

That point may influence the sentence given to the man.

“I am not going to argue whether my client is guilty. The question is whether he was guilty when he [committed the murders],” defence lawyer Asser Gregersen told the court at the end of February.

Similar cases have previously resulted in life sentences.

READ ALSO: Denmark father pleads guilty to murder of mother and three children

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A 31-year-old female domestic helper is suspected of having stolen cash and jewellery from elderly citizens and withdrawn money from their Dankorts in the amount of over 50,000 kroner.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

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