Dane who planned school attacks sent to psychiatric facility
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 27-year-old man from northern Denmark was sentenced Thursday to a psychiatric facility for at least five years after being found guilty of attempted murder for planning several attacks on schools that never were carried out.
The defendant who had aired his hatred of women online, had been declared mentally unstable by a psychiatric report. His name was not immediately available.
He told the district court in Aalborg, northern Denmark, that he went on two reconnaissance trips in April and May 2018 to different schools in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city south of Aalborg. The court said the man had written down in detail his plans and described in a video diary his urge to kill. He was a member of a shooting club and legally owned two handguns and munition.
“He had acquired the necessary equipment and had made necessary research. His claim that it was a fantasy must be regarded as unbelievable,” Judge Helle Dietz said, according to Danish broadcaster DR. “It can therefore not be considered anything other than that the defendant had plans to commit murder,” the BT. newspaper quoted him as saying.
DR said the man for several years had been active in an internet forum that was lauding terror and school shootings, and had expressed a hatred of women there. He was arrested on Dec. 16, 2020, three days after he had placed a order to buy an assault rifle on the dark net.
He was also found guilty of illegal weapon possession for carrying a loaded gun on a bus.
School shootings are rare in Denmark. The most recent took place in 1994 at the Aarhus University, when Flemming Nielsen shot and killed two women and injured two others before committing suicide. He deliberately targeted women.
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