National Round-Up: Bornholm court sentences brothers who murdered black friend to 14 years in prison
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At 12:00, an hour later than anticipated, two brothers found guilty of murdering a man in Bornholm in June were given a sentence of 14 years in prison.
Mads and Magnus Møller, who were previously un-named, have appealed the length of the sentence to the high court.
The judge also ruled they are liable to pay compensation to the victim’s family.
A court in the Bornholm town of Rønne is this morning awaiting the sentencing of two brothers who have been found guilty of murdering Phillip Johansen, 28, in Nordskoven late last June on the Danish island.
The pair, who have been un-named by the court, pleaded guilty to aggravated violence, but claimed they did not murder Johansen, a long-time friend of the older brother’s, as he was still alive when they left him.
However, it was established during yesterday’s proceedings that although Johansen was still alive when the brothers left him at around 02:30, they must have known he would not be found in time to save his life.
Mother rape claim
It was further established that the brothers subjected the victims to 15-20 minutes of brutal violence, and this will be taken into account in sentencing.
The prosecutors have pleaded for a minimum of 14 years, and preferably 16 years, in prison for the pair, while the defence has said 12 years would be a reasonable sentence.
In his defence, the elder of the brothers told the court he had been told by his mother on June 22 that Johansen raped her. He then told his brother and they hatched a plan to lure Johansen to a secluded area and teach him a lesson: “something with the fists”, the elder brother told the court.
The three of them met and spent a whole evening drinking. A text message sent by Johansen to a friend at 01:35 proved to be the last indication he was still alive.
BLM to march in Rønne today
The guilty pair, who showed no reaction to being found guilty of murder, turned down the chance to address the court this morning.
Johansen’s relatives have filed a claim for compensation against the brothers, which the pair dispute as they do not believe the conditions for compensation are met.
The police investigation received a lot of media attention as Johansen is black, and the murder resembled methods used by US police officers to kill George Floyd in May.
The Danish chapter of Black Lives Matter is accordingly organising a march at 14:30 today in Rønne. Among those attending are a coach-load of protestors currently on their way over to the island from Copenhagen.
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