Danish inventor found guilty of killing Swedish journalist

Copenhagen court to announce verdict in submarine murder trial

Copenhagen court to announce verdict in submarine murder trial

Peter Madsen, the Danish submarine inventor at the center of the mysterious death of Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall, was convicted Wednesday of killing Wall and sentenced to life in prison.

Wall, 30, who wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications, set out on the submarine on a sunny August evening a year ago to interview Madsen, the co-founder of a company that develops and builds manned spacecraft.

The judge and two lay judges, who must decide on the verdict, watched as the prosecution showed images of her mutilated body and played a selection of more than 140 internet video clips found on Madsen's computer and iPhone.

During the trial, the 47-year-old inventor maintained his innocence, claiming that Wall died from Carbon dioxide asphyxiation while onboard his vessel.

Madsen, 47, was found guilty of murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse over the death of Kim Wall.

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"After a total assessment, the court finds that the defendant murdered Kim Wall", Judge Anette Burkoe said.

Madsen's defense lawyer argued that he should only have been sentenced for cutting Wall into pieces.

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Later that month, police identified a torso washed ashore in Copenhagen as Wall's. They called for a life sentence, which in Denmark averages around 16 years and is very rarely handed down for the murder of a single person. The invitation onboard the UC3 Nautilus in Copenhagen was a response to Wall's request to meet him so she could write an article about him.

The court heard how the injuries inflicted on Wall reflected the content of more than 40 violent video clips found on Madsen's laptop.

He then said she died from asphyxiated in a malfunction aboard the submarine.

Retslaegeradet, Denmark's leading medical authority, told the court that Mr Madsen poses such a significant and immediate danger to other people's life, body, health or freedom that the use of custody may be required to prevent this danger. He did confess to dismembering and disposing of Wall's body. Madsen simply stated that he was sorry for anything that had happened.

Fourteen stab wounds and piercings were also found in and around her genital area.

"I think it was crucial to the court that it was a premeditated murder and that there are sexual violations of serious character", he told reporters.

Defence lawyer Betina Hald Engmark had seized on the lack of tangible evidence proving her client's guilt.

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