Kim Wall murder: Danish inventor Peter Madsen given life sentence

Anna Jefferson
April 25, 2018

One of the most talked-about and macabre court cases in recent Danish history is set to conclude today when the verdict is handed down on whether Peter Madsen tortured and murdered a Swedish journalist during a private submarine trip.

After providing varied explanations, together with that poisonous fumes induced her to suffocate, Madsen informed the court docket that Wall died on account of a buildup in stress inside his home-made UC3 Nautilus submarine.

Wall, a freelance journalist was last seen August 10 as she departed on the submarine with Madsen.

He initially denied dismembering her, then confessed that he had done so and said he'd thrown her body parts into the Baltic Sea.

Madsen denied the charges throughout the trial, saying that Wall had died accidentally.

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Copenhagen City Court Judge Anette Burkoe and two jurors unanimously agreed that Wall's death was a murder and that Madsen was also guilty of sexual assault and the defilement of a corpse.

Wall's disappearance and gruesome death drew global attention, demonstrating the risks female freelance journalists can face.

The decide stated Madsen's crimes have been dedicated in an particularly "severe and brutal method to a randomly chosen girl, who had accepted his provide to go on a visit within the submarine".

Madsen's lawyer said he would appeal.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of life in prison for Madsen or, based on the results of a psychiatric evaluation, that he be sent to a mental institution.

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Instead she disappeared and her torso washed up on an island near Copenhagen on August 21.

Early in March, he told the court he had found Wall lifeless after a sudden pressure problem in the submarine.

"Prosecutors have said they do not know exactly how Wall did die, but that the murder seemed to be premeditated judging from the range of unusual instruments found on board".

Kim Wall was a freelance journalist with a bright future.

"I am not made of steel so, of course, this case affects me on a personal level, but I have a professional role I need to carry out", he said. Madsen had said he dismembered her many hours later.

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Defence lawyer Betina Hald Engmark had seized on the lack of tangible evidence proving her client's guilt. Her boyfriend told the court that she was "incredibly ambitious" and "amazingly curious". Created by Wall's family and friends, it aims to support female reporters who cover what Wall called "the undercurrents of rebellion".

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