Today comes the sentencing for Emily Meng's murder

Today comes the sentencing for Emily Meng's murder

Philip West, 33, was convicted of murdering Danish woman Emily Meng in 2016, according to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

Emily Meng, 17, disappeared without a trace from Korsor, New Zealand, on July 10, 2016. She was found murdered on December 24 of the same year. Photo: Private/Private

The murder of 17-year-old Meng has received a lot of attention in Denmark. It seemed to have remained unsolved for a long time, but a major breakthrough came last spring — in relation to another serious case involving a teenage girl in New Zealand.

On 15 April 2023, a 13-year-old girl from Kirkirup was kidnapped and seriously abused. The next day, police found her at the man's home. He lives in Kursor, the place in Zealand where Meng disappeared without a trace after a party with friends in 2016.

West was also convicted of prolonged detention and sexual assault of the 13-year-old. Additional magazine.

West denies having anything to do with the murder, but prosecutors presented more evidence during the trial. Among other things, they found his DNA on Meng’s pants, which were found in a plastic bag near the lake where she was found dead half a year after her abduction.

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A duct tape was also found in his home containing DNA that was likely Meng's. Analysis showed that the tape found around Meng's neck likely came from the same roll of tape.

West is also known to have been guilty of assaulting and attempting to rape a 15-year-old student at Sorø Gymnastikefterskole.

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