Danish inventor given life sentence for murdering journalist Kim Wall on his private submarine

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been given a life sentence for torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall during a private submarine trip.

Judge Anette Burkoe at the Copenhagen City Court said she and two jurors unanimously decided Wall’s death was a murder, saying Madsen did not given “a trustworthy” explanation.

Madsen, 47, said he would appeal against the conviction and sentence.

It was a “cynical murder” of a journalist who was performing her duties, the court heard in a hearing which was not broadcast live due to a court order.

In Denmark a life sentence equates to 16 years, which can be extended if necessary.

Throughout the trial, which began on 8 March, Madsen has denied murder, He said Wall died accidentally inside the submarine, but changed his story about how she died.

Wall, 30, embarked on Madsen’s submarine on 10 August 2017 to interview the entrepreneur.

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

He listened quietly as the verdict was read, looking down at the desk in front of him.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen claimed Wall’s murder was sexually motivated and premeditated because Madsen brought along tools he normally did not take when sailing, including a saw and sharpened screwdrivers.

Madsen’s defence lawyer had argued for his acquittal on the charge of murder, saying he should only be sentenced for the lesser charge of cutting Wall’s body into pieces.

The cause of death has never been established, but the court found Madsen “cut the body into pieces to hide what had happened”.

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