Danish inventor charged with killing reporter Kim Wall on his submarine

Hannah Rogers
January 17, 2018

FILE: This file photo taken on August 11, 2017 shows Peter Madsen (R), builder and captain of the private submarine "UC3 Nautilus" talking to a police officer in Dragoer Harbor south of Copenhagen, following a major rescue operation after the submarine sank in the sea outside Copenhagen Harbor.

According to the charge sheet, Madsen is accused of "prior planning and preparation".

A Danish inventor has been charged with the murder of journalist Kim Wall.

"This is a very unusual and extremely brutal case which has had tragic consequences for Kim Wall and her relatives", Jakob Buch-Jepsen, the special prosecutor leading the case, said in a press statement issued by Copenhagen Police on Tuesday.

Prosecutors would ask for a life sentence to be passed on Mr Madsen, which in Denmark is typically around 15 years without parole. Then, on August 21, her headless torso washed up near Copenhagen. Madsen escaped, but Wall was later found dismembered.

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Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist from Sweden, was working on a profile about the amateur rocket builder and entrepreneur last summer when she was reported missing.

Madsen, 46, first said he dropped her off on shore after the ride, but his story changed several times afterward.

He says that Madsen either strangled Wall or cut her throat at some point after she boarded his submarine. Later he changed his testimony, saying that Wall had died because of an accident aboard the submarine, after which the sub owner buried her body in the sea. The start of the trial has been set for the 8th of March and a verdict is expected on the 25th of April. He would later admit that he threw her body parts into the sea.

In a statement, the prosecution stated that Madsen would be charged with "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly risky nature, as well as for dismemberment".

Buch-Jepsen said during a court hearing in October that investigators uncovered a hard drive from a computer Madsen owned containing video of the torture and killing of women. Traces of Kim Wall's DNA were discovered on Madsen's body, along with scrapes on his face and neck, Buch-Jepsen said.

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