— David Frankenhuis (@dfrankenhuis) May 19, 2017
The Danish Supreme Court conclusively convicted a 27-year-old Congolese domestic household assistant to life in prison. His earlier convictions for chasing and raping several women in Copenhagen between July 2014 and February 2015 were upheld yesterday by the country’s highest court.
At the time, The Danish Local reported:
The first incident occurred in July 2014, when a 25-year-old woman reported that a man tried to kidnap her while she was on her bicycle. She was able to get away before being forced into his car.
In October 2014, a 24-year-old woman was dragged into a car in Østerbro and driven to an unknown location where she was raped. Three weeks later, a 20-year-old was also forced into a car near the same Østerbro location but managed to escape.
When a 22-year-old woman reported that she too was forced into a vehicle in Østerbro in January and then driven to Copenhagen’s Sydhavn district and raped, police began to investigate on the suspicion that they were dealing with a serial rapist. The following month, an 18-year-old woman reported being forced into a car, driven to Hellerup and sexually assaulted.
One week after the fifth attack, police arrested the 25-year-old man. He has been in custody ever since and according to Berlingske, police have been able to successfully match the 25-year-old’s DNA profile with several traces left from the attacks.
Bothe the District Court and the Court sentenced the man to life in prison to prevent further rape, as it is believed he is a clear and present danger to society. The convict appealed both sentences.
The Supreme Court, however, reasoned yesterday that if an ordinary, fixed-term imprisonment does not stem the danger, detention for life is a valid option, and in this case, a necessity. The perpetrator’s defence council’s stated purpose in taking his case to the Supreme Court was getting the previous verdict converted to a fixed term sentence. In this, he was ultimately unsuccessful.
The perpetrator could be arrested through the victim’s clear description of the man and DNA evidence found. The rapes and attempted rapes took place in several places in Copenhagen, especially in Østerbro and in Hvidovre.