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Life Prisoners Banned From Entering Romantic Relationships In Denmark

Life prisoners will be banned from entering romantic relationships in Denmark after 17-year-old Camilla Kürstein revealed she had 'fallen in love' with convicted killer Peter Madsen, 50.
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Life prisoners will be banned from entering romantic relationships in Denmark after 17-year-old Camilla Kürstein revealed she had ‘fallen in love’ with convicted killer Peter Madsen, 50.

The pair entered into a relationship after they exchanged letters and talked on the phone over two years while he was incarcerated.

However, the Danish government has now intervened to attempt to stop situations like this from happening in the future.

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The country has planned to ban life prisoners from entering relationships. Credit: Pexels

Justice minister Nick Haekkerup said: “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. This must obviously be stopped.

“Lifers should not be able to use our prisons as dating centres or media platforms to brag about their crimes.”

The ban will mean prisoners can only communicate via letter or telephone with people they were already close to before they were detained.

It will apply during the first 10 years of their life sentence and it’s hoped it will put an end to what is known as a ‘criminal groupie’ phenomenon.

The six-point bill was sent to a committee in the Danish Parliament and is expected to come into force on January 1 2022.

It will also prevent prisoners from posting about their offences on social media or discussing them in interviews, and increase the number of years they have to serve before temporary release to 10 years from 2-4 years.

In this case, Madsen was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for killing, sexually assaulting and dismembering 30-year-old journalist Kim Wall on board his homemade submarine.

He denied the charges at trial, but later confessed to the brutal killing in an appearance on a Danish documentary and also managed to escape from prison in 2020.

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