Denmark bans life prisoners from starting new romantic relationships

Denmark bans life prisoners from starting new romantic relationships

September 15, 2021

Denmark bans life sentence prisoners from starting new romantic relationships to counter criminal ‘groupie’ phenomenon after 17-year-old fell in love with submarine killer Peter Madsen

  • Prisoners serving life sentence in Denmark to be banned from new relationships
  • A young woman, 17, revealed she fell in love with submarine killer Peter Madsen 
  • Madsen, 50, was jailed for life in 2018 for the gory murder of journalist Kim Wall 

Denmark has banned prisoners serving a life sentence from entering into new romantic relationships after a 17-year-old fell in love with submarine killer Peter Madsen, 50.

The ban has come into effect to counter the phenomenon of ‘groupies’ of criminals, the justice ministry said on Wednesday.

‘We have seen disgusting examples in recent years of prisoners who have committed abominable crimes contacting young people in order to gain their sympathy and attention,’ Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup said in a statement. ‘This must obviously be stopped.’

Denmark has banned prisoners serving a life sentence from entering into new romantic relationships after a 17-year-old fell in love with submarine killer Peter Madsen, 50 (pictured in 2017)

The ban on new relationships will apply during the first 10 years of a prisoner’s sentence, restricting them to letter or telephone contact only with people already close to them prior to their detention.

Recently a young woman revealed that aged 17 she had fallen in love with Peter Madsen while he was in custody. 

He went on to be convicted of brutally killing journalist Kim Wall, 30, after she boarded his homemade submarine, UC3 Nautilus, to interview him on August 10, 2017.

‘Lifers… should not be able to use our prisons as dating centres or media platforms to brag about their crimes,’ the minister said.

The six-point bill would also put an end to long-term prisoners being allowed to freely post about their offences on social media or discuss them on podcasts.

The proposal would also require a prisoner to serve 10 years before temporary release can be granted, up from two or four years currently.

Madsen was jailed for life in 2018 for the gory murder of journalist Kim Wall, 30, (pictured) who boarded his homemade submarine for an interview in August 2017

Wall’s mutilated body was found days later and police divers found a weighted-down bag containing her head, other body parts and her clothes submerged in the water off Copenhagen. Pictured: Madsen’s submarine, UC3 Nautilus

The bill, which was sent to committee on Wednesday and has already been endorsed by the right-wing opposition, is expected to be passed in the autumn with the new legislation coming into force on January 1, 2022.

Madsen was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for killing, sexually assaulting and dismembering Wall after she boarded his submarine on August 10, 2017.

Wall’s mutilated body was found days later and police divers found a weighted-down bag containing her head, other body parts and her clothes submerged in the water off Copenhagen. 

An autopsy report presented during the trial concluded that Wall probably died from suffocation or having her throat slit, but the decomposed state of her body meant examiners could not determine the exact cause of death. 

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