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Five important developments from Day 2 in the Kirkerup case: Kidnapping list and coincidental DNA find.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 • 2:38 PM UTC - in Denmark

The hearing of the 33-year-old suspect in the Kirkerup case continued on Wednesday, with the murder of 17-year-old Emilie Meng in 2016 being the central issue.

The prosecutor's questions focused on a find of Emilie Meng's DNA at the suspect's residence, as well as several other items that the police found during searches.

The man denies any involvement in Emilie Meng's murder.

He also denies an assault on a 15-year-old boarding school student, while admitting to detaining a 13-year-old girl for approximately 27 hours.

Here are the five key points from Wednesday's court hearing at the Næstved Court.

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Under the prosecution's presentation on Tuesday, it emerged that the police had found Emilie Meng's DNA on a roll of tape that was in a box at the suspect's place.

The suspect was questioned on Wednesday about the DNA, and he explained that it was coincidental that the girl's DNA was found with him.

According to him, it was not unusual for him to collect items that he found in nature. He also believes that is why the tape ended up at his home.

- I don't remember where the tape is from, but I think I found it around Borup.

Emilie Meng's body was found around Borup on Christmas Day 2016.

- Why do you think you found the tape in Borup?, asked special prosecutor Susanne Bluhm.

- Because the DNA on the tape is from Emilie. That's the only logical explanation, he replied.

He denies any involvement in the murder. He explained that he did not know her beyond the media coverage.

The 33-year-old has given statements in the case for nearly two days.

However, there was one charge from the indictment that he refused to comment on.

It was the assault on a 15-year-old girl in Sorø.

According to the indictment, she was assaulted on November 8, 2022, around 6:15 p.m. The assailant threatened her with a knife, then bound her with strips.

The prosecution believes that it was the assailant's intention to kidnap the girl and subject her to rape.

This did not happen, as she screamed, causing the assailant to flee.

- He has been questioned by the police, and his statement must be documented in court, said the suspect's defense attorney Karina Skou.

During the trial, the prosecution will therefore read out the suspect's statement to the police.

The prosecution has summoned witnesses who will testify about the incident on Tuesday.

The demand for compensation was presented, while there was a reporting ban in effect. (Photo: © Liselotte Sabroe, Ritzau Scanpix)

Defense attorney Mai-Brit Storm Thygesen has been present both on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is because she is a support attorney for Emilie Meng's heirs.

In murder cases, it is common for the heirs to file a compensation claim.

Details that support the compensation claim were presented in court, but the judge had imposed a reporting ban.

This means that the press and spectators cannot write or report on Storm Thygesen's points.

However, it is allowed to describe the amount, which amounts to 934,503.97 Danish crowns, which will go to Emilie Meng's mother and her two siblings.

On behalf of the family, the attorney is demanding 400,000 Danish crowns for the mother and 200,000 Danish crowns for the two siblings. There are also additional expenses.

The suspect denies guilt and therefore also refuses to pay compensation.

The suspect explained that he had a need to imagine how kidnappings could occur.

After the 33-year-old was arrested on April 16 last year, the police searched several computers found at his address.

On one of them, investigators found a list. According to the prosecution, it is a list that was previously called the 'kidnapping list'.

The prosecution's view is that it is a list of authentic names of girls.

The suspect confirmed in court that he had made the list.

He explains that it occurred during a period when he wanted to give a face to his fantasies about kidnapping women.

He tells that some of the women are women he knows and has met. Others he has found on Facebook and other social media.

Some of the women he knows are girls around 16 years old. One of them is a girl who cleaned his workplace.

He has also noted addresses, age, and pictures of some of the women.

- It's information that I have found publicly, he said.

There are also bus plans. The suspect explained that they were to be used to visualize fantasies.

He denies that there were any kidnappings in reality. He has never been charged with these offenses.

The women and girls on the list have been informed about the list.

There were several videos and pictures of people under 18 years old found on the suspect's computer. (Photo: © Jesper Andkjær, Ritzau Scanpix)

During Wednesday's court hearing, special prosecutor Susanne Bluhm showed some of the material that was found on the suspect's computer.

- There is talk of hardcore pornographic material, she said to the jury.

There were also some naming that, after a brief look, turned their heads away.

The press and spectators were shielded from seeing the material, but the prosecutor told that there were pictures and videos of women who were bound with tape, and pictures of dead women.

It is not clear if the images are authentic.

- Have you had fantasies about dead women?, asked the prosecutor.

- I have no interest in that, replied the suspect briefly.

- Is that something you have been looking for?, the prosecutor wanted to know.

- No, that's not it.

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