Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged with Kim Wall murder

Elias Hubbard
January 16, 2018

Prosecutors have charged Danish submarine owner Peter Madsen with the murder of journalist Kim Wall, whose dismembered body parts were found in the sea.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen called the case "very unusual and extremely disturbing".

Wall's dismembered body was found in the sea off the Danish coast after Wall visited Madsen on his vessel in August previous year to interview him.

Madsen previously admitted to dumping her body at sea but denied killing her. Police halted the search for the rest of Wall's remains after they uncovered her head, torso, legs and arms in the Bay of Koge near the capital Copenhagen.

Madsen is charged with premeditated murder and dismemberment.

Madsen, who is scheduled to go on trial on March 8, could face a sentence ranging from five years to life if found guilty. A verdict is expected on April 25.

Madsen was rescued from his sinking submarine outside Copenhagen previous year and taken into custody.

Madsen and Wall had gone on a trip in Madsen's submarine on August 10.

The submarine sank, Madsen escaped and Wall was later found dismembered. He told authorities he had dropped Wall off on an island several hours after their voyage began.

The inventor originally claimed he had dropped Wall off on land on the night of August 10, according to a police statement.

In the following days and months, parts of her body and clothing were found and recovered by police divers. Her head, legs and clothes were discovered in bags at sea in October, along with heavy metal objects created to take them to the ocean floor. Mr Buch-Jepsen said the videos are thought to be of real events. Wall, who was working on a story about Madsen, was last seen aboard the vessel as it left Copenhagen.

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