Prisoners serving life in Denmark will be banned from starting new romantic relationships, a decision proposed by the government after a 17-year-old girl falls in love with Peter Madsen, who murdered journalist Kim Wall while he was serving his sentence.
During the first 10 years of imprisonment, the contacts of these inmates – by letter, telephone or online – will be limited to people they already knew before being convicted, according to legislation presented by the government. Guardian.
“We’ve seen unpleasant examples in recent years of inmates committing heinous crimes, contacting young people to gain their sympathy and attention,” said Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup. “This must be stopped”, he stressed.
The bill, supported by the opposition and due to enter into force in January, will prevent these inmates from freely posting about their crimes on social media or talking about them in ‘podcasts’. Currently, they can write, call and receive visits from people they didn’t know before they were arrested and share details of their crimes ‘online’.
Madsen, who murdered and dismembered Wall in 2017, managed to establish relationships with at least two women while in prison. convicted of murder premeditated, aggravated sexual assault and desecration of a corpse, he only confessed to the murder in a documentary shown last year.
In 2020, he married Jenny Curpen, 39, a Russian artist who lives in Finland, after correspondence and visits, which began after he was convicted, in April 2018. He also had a telephone and written relationship with Cammilla Kürstein , who first contacted him when he was 17 years old, in 2017.
Wall was last seen alive on August 10, 2017. dismembered trunk was found floating off the coast of Copenhagen 10 days after his disappearance. The head, legs and clothing were found in October.