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Denmark: Axe man 'tried to scare cartoonist'

A Somali man who axed his way into the home of a Danish cartoonist said yesterday he only wanted to scare Kurt Westergaard for a caricature of the Prophet Mohamed.

The 29-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to a terrorism charge stemming from the intrusion on 1 January 2010. He was also charged with attempted murder for throwing the axe at police when they confronted him.

Westergaard locked himself inside a panic room and was unharmed. His drawing in 2005 caused widespread protests.