Lisa Borch, 15, was sentenced to nine years in prison for the October 2014 murder of her mother, Tina Romer Holtegaard. Prosecutors alleged that the teen was inspired by the Islamic State's (ISIS) beheading videos.
The blond-haired and blue-eyed teenager lives in Kvissel, Denmark. She allegedly paired up with her 29-year-old boyfriend, Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, to slay her mother, the NY Daily News reports. The two lovers are alleged to have been inspired by the Islamic State group's violent online propaganda.
Borch became infatuated with militant Islam during an affair with an unnamed Muslim man, prosecutors argued, according to the Daily Mail. After her lover left, Borch rebounded with Iraqi-born Abdulla, whom she met at a local refugee center.
Tension between Borch and her mother became explosive, according to her twin sister, who moved out of their home to escape the endless arguments.
Holtegaard did not approve of her daughter’s significantly older boyfriend and was deeply concerned about her preoccupation with radical Islam.
(Lisa Borch, Photo Credit: Facebook via NY Daily News)
Borch and Abdulla took a kitchen knife to Holtegaard while her husband was away on a business trip. They stabbed her more than 20 times.
Borch called police, sounding distressed on the phone.
“I heard my mother scream and I looked out the window and saw a white man running away,” she told authorities. “Please come here, there is blood everywhere.”
Police rushed to the scene only to discover a calm and detached Borch playing on her phone, according to the NY Daily News.
After searching her laptop, police discovered that before stabbing her mother, Borch had been repeatedly watching videos of the infamous Islamic State group member “Jihadi John” beheading prisoners David Haines and Alan Henning.
“She watched them the whole evening long,” the prosecution said.
Borch and Abdulla had reportedly planned to escape to Syria and join Islamic State, with the murder of Holtegaard symbolic of their pact.
“This murder was cold blooded, ice cold and committed in a bestial manner,” prosecutor Karina Skou said.
Borch and Abdulla turned on each other in the courtroom, each accusing the other of being the sole knife-wielder. Both have been found guilty, with Borch being sentenced to nine years and Abdulla to 13 years. Once his sentence ends, he will be deported from Denmark.
Borch’s twin attended the trial but refused to look at her sister. She recounted that Borch had shown her the kitchen knife she would use to murder their mother. At the time, she reportedly thought Borch’s boast had just been a sick joke.
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