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Monday 23 September 2019

Jail term in Denmark for man who crashed jet ski and killed two US students

The incident occurred in Copenhagen with the jet ski driver then fleeing to a suburban harbour
The incident occurred in Copenhagen with the jet ski driver then fleeing to a suburban harbour

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in jail for aggravated manslaughter for crashing his jet ski into a boat, in Copenhagen, killing two American students.

The Copenhagen City Court said the Danish man, who cannot be named under a court order pending a possible appeal by the prosecution, fled after the fatal crash on May 6 2016, to a suburban harbour where he was arrested.

He has admitted steering the jet ski that slammed into a rental boat containing a group of students.

Leah Bell, 18, and Linsey Malia, 21, were killed.

They had gone on the trip with five other students from the Copenhagen-based Study Abroad in Scandinavia foundation.

The man had denied aggravated manslaughter and told the court he lost control of the jet ski.

Defence lawyer Jane Ranum told Denmark's TV2 the man "is relieved it is over", and he will not appeal against Thursday's outcome.

Seven other people, six men and one woman, also were on trial in the same case but were not charged with aggravated manslaughter.

All were given fines for riding jet skis within the city harbour without proper permission.

Judge Pia Petersen said the eight people did not meet beforehand to sail as a group but joined each other as they rode through the harbour.

A licence to ride a jet ski has become mandatory in Denmark following the crash.

The government has called for some identification of jet skis, like a registration plate.

Many politicians say rules forbidding the use of recreational watercraft closer than 300 metres from the coast should be enforced.


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