Inventor denies killing writer on submarine

World | 9 Mar 2018

Danish inventor Peter Madsen yesterday denied murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his homemade submarine last year as his highly anticipated trial opened in Copenhagen.

Madsen, who has previously admitted dismembering Wall's body and throwing her remains overboard, did not address the court but his lawyer Betina Hald Engmark said that he denied the murder charge and maintained his position that Wall died accidentally on board his submarine.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen has already said he will call for a life sentence for the 47-year-old self-taught engineer, which in Denmark averages around 16 years.

An eccentric, semi-celebrity in Denmark who built submarines and rockets and dreamed of developing private space travel, Madsen faces charges of premeditated murder, desecrating a corpse and aggravated sexual assault.

The case is expected to clarify how Wall died on Madsen's Nautilus submarine on August 10, 2017, when she went for an evening sail with him to interview him.

He has changed his version of events several times. He has said her death was an accident but provided no explanation. He has, however, admitted to chopping her up and throwing her remains overboard.

According to the prosecution, investigators seized a hard drive in his workshop containing fetish films in which women were tortured, decapitated and burned alive.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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