Lisa Borch was given the longest ever juvenile sentence seen in Denmark, after she murdered her mother. The crime in 2014 is said to be the result of Daesh-ISIS radicalisation and has resulted in a nine year prison sentence. It has now been confirmed that Borch’s appeal has been denied and she will have to serve the full sentence.
Lisa Borch was 15 years old when she stabbed her mother to death, just minutes after watching Daesh-ISIS videos of the beheading of British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning. Her mother was fatally stabbed at least 20 times with a kitchen knife, before Borch alerted emergency services, saying she had seen a “white man” running from their rural home, seconds after hearing her mother scream.
Following her arrest, the court heard that Borch seemed disinterested when the police arrived and barely reacted when they told her that her mother was dead, dead, which strongly suggests that she was psychologically dissociated.
As well as watching Daesh-ISIS videos online, Borch was also dating 29-year-old Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, an Iraqi refugee she met at a refugee centre near her home. It is thought that the pair was planning to flee to Syria to fight for Daesh-ISIS.
Conflicting statements during the investigation meant that authorities were unable to determine whether Borch or Abdulla actually wielded the knife, so both were sentenced for the murder. Borch was given nine years in jail, the longest ever sentence given to a minor and will serve the first year in juvenile prison before being transferred to an adult centre. Abdullah was also convicted, and will serve 13 years before being deported from Denmark.
Borch launched an appeal with Denmark’s highest court, fighting the sentence on the basis that she only confessed to the murder because she was scared of Abdullah, and that it was him that stabbed her mother. Abdullah on the other hand blamed Borch, stating he only went to the house to ‘help her’ after she had already stabbed her mother. This appeal has now been denied and Borch will serve the full sentence.
Other facts which emerged during the trial showed that Borch had been gradually radicalised and had a love of Daesh-ISIS. Her stepfather told Ekstra Bladet of her love of the Islamic State death cult. “She loves to talk about IS and their brutal behaviour in the Middle East.”
It is believed that the pair devised the plan after Borch confessed her love for militant Islam and her dreams of fighting for its cause in Syria.
What is unclear is how or why Borch became obsessed, whether she engineered her own radicalisation after seeking out videos online, or whether her boyfriend Abdullah was to blame. Either way, this story serves to reinforce the dangers of undue influence leading to radicalisation and demonstrates the very real threat of danger that undue influence poses.
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