35-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Preventive Detention for Murder in Copenhagen

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A 35-year-old man was sentenced to preventive detention on Tuesday for a murder and attempted murder that took place in the summer of 2022 in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen.

The verdict was pronounced in the Court of Frederiksberg.

The 35-year-old was convicted of killing a 31-year-old man with a knife and attempting to kill a 37-year-old man. The murder and attempted murder occurred during a violent confrontation between the three individuals around 8 p.m. on June 8, 2022, on Peter Sabroes Gade in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen.

After the murder and attempted murder, the 35-year-old left the scene, but police investigation led to his arrest the following day in a street in Christianshavn. He has been in custody since the pre-trial detention hearing on June 10, 2022.

The 35-year-old chose to appeal the verdict on the spot.

In the case, the 37-year-old was charged with aggravated assault for stabbing the 35-year-old perpetrator with a spatula, but the court found it was self-defense, and the 37-year-old was therefore acquitted. He was also acquitted of hitting the 35-year-old in the head with a flat hand.

About preventive detention:
Preventive detention is an indefinite measure that replaces a regular prison sentence when the court considers the convicted person to be dangerous, and when the court deems preventive detention necessary to prevent the convicted person from committing further crimes. Only individuals convicted of violent crimes and sexual offenses can be sentenced to preventive detention.
Source: Copenhagen Police

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