KVISSEL, Denmark — A Danish teen who allegedly stabbed her mother to death along with her adult Islamic boyfriend last October has been sentenced to serve nine years behind bars.
Lisa Borch, then 15, had reportedly been arguing with her mother, Tina Römer Holtegaard, in the weeks leading up to the incident. Holtegaard had urged her daughter to break off her relationship with 29-year-old Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla and live a “normal teenage life.”
Borch had become interested in the Muslim religion and ISIS after she first became involved in a relationship with an unidentified married Islamic man, who soon left her and returned to his family in Sweden. Following the break-up, Borch met Abdulla at a refugee center near her home, and the two allegedly plotted to kill Borch’s mother and then flee to Syria.
According to reports, Borch had been watching YouTube videos of U.K. hostages David Haines and Alan Henning being beheaded by ISIS just hours before attacking her mother with a long-bladed kitchen knife.
“She watched them the whole evening long,” prosecutors asserted in court.
Following the attack, Borch called police, claiming, “I heard my mother scream and I looked out the window and saw a white man running away. Please come here. There is blood everywhere.”
But when law enforcement arrived, they suspected that Borch might have been involved as she sat calmly playing with her phone. In court, Borch and Abdulla blamed each other for the murder, with Borch stating that her boyfriend had been the one to use the knife and Abdulla asserting that he had arrived after the bloody attack had already been carried out.
As police were unable to discern who actually committed the crime, both were charged in Holtegaard’s death.
Borch and Abdulla were recently sentenced for Holtegaard’s murder, with Borch receiving nine years behind bars—the first of which will be spent at a young offender’s institution. Abudulla was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
The two have also been ordered to pay $62,000 to Holtegaard’s husband as well as to Borch’s sisters, who were away at the time of the attack.
“She loves to talk about IS and their brutal behaviour in the Middle East,” Jens Holtegaard told the Ekstra Bladet. “I don’t even dare to think about what might develop while she is serving time. She needs professional treatment.”