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The final verdict has fallen: Thomas Thomsen is sentenced for the murder of Mia Skadhauge Stevn.

DR-Inland in Denmark

Thursday, May 30, 2024 • 8:08 AM UTC - in Denmark

Detainment is formally considered not as a punishment, but as a preventive measure, which takes the place of punishment when the convicted is deemed particularly dangerous. The sentence is without time limitation.

Detainment can only be imposed if the convicted is deemed dangerous. The purpose is to protect society from the defendant's danger.

A study of detention sentences from 2018 showed that on average, detention inmates had served over 13 years in prison. This is fewer years than the average for life sentences, which is the harshest penalty in the law.

As of May 1, 2024, 106 people are serving detention sentences.

Sources: DR, Criminal Care, and

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