Monday 22 May 2017

Girl (17) faces charge for using pepper spray to fend off attack

Police in Denmark have sparked anger by telling a teenage girl that she faces prosecution for using pepper spray to fend off an attacker near an asylum-seekers' centre (Stock picture)
Police in Denmark have sparked anger by telling a teenage girl that she faces prosecution for using pepper spray to fend off an attacker near an asylum-seekers' centre (Stock picture)

Police in Denmark have sparked anger by telling a teenage girl that she faces prosecution for using pepper spray to fend off an attacker near an asylum-seekers' centre.

The 17-year-old, from the coastal town of Sonderborg, was forced to the ground by an English-speaking man who tried to undress her.

She was later warned by police that the pepper spray she used on him was illegal for private citizens to possess, and that she would face a 500 kroner (€70) fine.

The man who allegedly attacked her has not yet been caught, and it remains unclear as to whether he was a migrant or a resident at the asylum centre.

The case has caused outrage on social media.

"Self-defence is a human right," said one user.

Others offered to pay the girl's fine for her.

Irish Independent

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