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Man to be tried for attempted rape and murder after Danish police find list with 17 names

A 22-year-old man is to face trial in Aalborg for planning to kill 17 people and for attacking a neighbour.

Man to be tried for attempted rape and murder after Danish police find list with 17 names
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The man is charged with planning to rape and murder 17 people, East Jutland Police have confirmed. One of those people was the director of North Jutland Police.

In one instance, the man caused physical harm to one of the people on the list.

A 24-year-old woman, a neighbour of the accused, was in January this year tied up with plastic strips after which the accused attempted to strangle and rape her, according to the formal charges against the man.

He will be placed on trial for attempted murder and attempted rape of a particularly dangerous nature.

The 22-year-old denies the charges and eight days have been set aside for the trial.

“A list of names and addresses was found at his residence,” prosecutor Dorthe Lysgaard said.

Names of both men and women are reported to be on the list, though most names are women close in age to the accused.

Due to the inclusion of the police director, a different police district was brought in to investigate the case in order to avoid a conflict of interest, Ritzau writes.

The prosecution authority will request a sentence of safe custody (forvaring in Danish), which would keep the 22-year-old behind bars indefinitely for as long as he is deemed dangerous.

The Danish Medical Legal Council (Retslægerådet) is also scheduled to release results of an assessment of the man, after which the requested punishment could be reduced to a normal prison sentence.

The trial is scheduled to begin at Aalborg City Court on November 12th.

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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.

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