Denmark to deport female beggar to Romania after jail sentence
A Danish court has sentenced a Romanian woman to 20 days in prison and ordered that she be deported from the country after serving the sentence.
The court sentence is the outcome of a new, tougher legislation passed by the country’s parliament aimed at dissuading aggressive begging, a news report said on Tuesday.
The Copenhagen District Court judge took into account the fact that the 63-year-old woman, who was not named, had previously been cautioned by the police and also received two suspended sentences for begging.
The news report added that the woman was banned from re-entering Denmark for six years according to the sentence.
It was the first time an offender was ordered deported under tougher legislation that lawmakers approved in June.
The woman’s attorney Lene Sejersen, told newsmen that her client had no intention to appeal the sentence.
He said that her client wanted a higher court to rule on provisions related to deporting nationals of a EU member state.
The woman was arrested in July outside Norrebro Station in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.
The tougher measures include doubling the punishment for first-time offenders to 14 days in prison.
Offenders could also be sentenced to prison without prior police caution, which had previously been the practice.
Report says the bill aims to prevent begging on pedestrian thoroughfares, outside supermarkets, at transport stations, and on trains and other forms of public transport.
In recent months there have been increased complaints about aggressive begging and illegal camps that lack water and sanitation in Copenhagen.
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