Lisa Borch

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Selfie taken by Lisa Borch and posted by her to Instagram

Lisa Borch is a Danish villain who, together with her Iraqi boyfriend Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, murdered her mother in October 2015.


Borch was 15 years old at the time of murdering her mother. She lived in the rural town of Kvissel, Denmark. Living with her was her mother, a painter named Tine Römer Holtegaard, as well as Holtegaard's husband Jens, and Borch's twin sister.

According to Lisa Borch's sister, Borch and Holtegaard would argue incessantly over Holtegaard's disapproval over Borch's new boyfriend who was a refugee from Iraq. The pair met beside a nearby refugee center where Abdullah lived. He was 28 years old when she met him.

Borch's sister, unable to cope with the domestic arguments, ended up moving out. Unknown to the rest of the family, Borch and Abdullah began planning to move to Syria and join The Islamic State.

Murder and investigation

Borch alerted emergency services, saying she heard her mother scream before a white male ran from the house. Investigators grew suspicious when she appeared unconcerned, and upon learning Holtegaard was dead, Borch simply shrugged. The body was found lying on a bed with in excess of twenty stab wounds.

Forensic examination found Abdullah's fingerprints near Holtegaard's corpse. Borch's laptop showed she had spent the evening watching Islamic State videos, culminating a few minutes before the murder with her watching British hostages David Haines and Alan Henning being beheaded by members of ISIS.

Police were unable to identify who struck the fatal blow but were able to find enough evidence for prosecutors to secure a murder conviction against both Borch and Abdullah. Borch was sentenced to nine years in prison. The pair will not be reunited as Abdullah is to be deported after serving thirteen years in prison.