Another arrest in Stevns murder case

March 12th, 2012

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Police charge a second man for the grisly murder of Anders Mark Hansen

A new suspect, a 27-year-old man from Køge, has been arrested on suspicion of participating in the murder of Anders Mark Hansen. Investigators believe that the newly-arrested suspect assisted the 33-year-old who was charged with murder last Thursday.

Hansen was strangled to death in a wooded area near Stevns. Police had found it difficult to believe that the 33-year-old suspect, who suffers from a back injury and gets around on crutches, had managed to subdue Hansen, who was fit and a trained boxer.

"I believe that the evidence has mounted considerably against the 33-year-old and that the arrest of the 27-year-old has strengthened the case," lead investigator Per Heide Sørensen said, adding that he wouldn't divulge exactly what evidence has been uncovered.

The new arrest has given the police more avenues to investigate and more resources have been assigned to the case.

According to the daily tabloid, Ekstra Bladet, the police are working on clarifying the relationship between the two suspects and that thus far there are no indications that the two are close friends.

Sources in Stevns and Køge told Ekstra Bladet that the two may have met through a restaurant project that the 33-year-old was involved with in the town of St. Heddinge.

The police don’t want to discuss a possible motive for the March 2 murder, but despite the arrests they are still looking for any witnesses that may have seen Hansen, his dog, car or anyone else in the area that Friday between 5 and 6 pm.

The 27-year-old was arrested on Saturday at his parent’s residence in Køge and will remain on remand until March 29.


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