LONDON – Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who was convicted of torturing and killing journalist Kim Wall on his Homemade submarine, escaped from the Copenhagen prison where he is serving a life sentence on Tuesday.
Madsen used a female prison psychologist as a hostage during the escape, police said at a press conference, saying that he forced his way out of the prison using objects such as a gun and explosive bomb belt.
Police were alerted after West Copenhagen Police Chief Mogens Laurdson told reporters that Madsen was arrested about half a mile from the prison.
When police found him, Madsen made his way into a van and was taken out and handcuffed by officers. During the arrest, officers noticed a belt around his torso and walked a safe distance, suspecting it may contain explosives.
“Nothing indicates that there were explosives in the belt,” Loridson said, adding that he did not suspect Dadson had escaped from prison in the Danish capital.
Officials said that there were no employees in the jail nor any police officers were injured during the escape or arrest. Saying that the operation was now over and Madsen was back in custody and charged with attempting to escape from prison.
In 2018, Madsen was sentenced in Copenhagen City Court on charges of killing Wall, a 30-year-old reporter, a Swedish reporter, after boarding his submarine in 2017 with the promise of an interview for a story. Sentenced to imprisonment.
The exact cause of his death was never established, but the court also found Madsen guilty of sexual assault and desecrating a corpse, disintegrating Wall’s body and throwing it into the sea.
The freelance award-winning journalist, who studied at Columbia University Journalism School in New York and traveled to Asia and Africa, wrote for major magazines and newspapers, and the gruesome case attracted global attention.
Madsen denies killing Wall. She claimed at first that she died accidentally inside the submarine, but later admitted to throwing her body parts into the Baltic Sea.
He lost his appeal and apologized to Wall’s family, who were present in the appeals court.
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A life sentence in Denmark usually means 16 years in prison, but convicts are reassured to determine that they are a threat to society if they are released and can be held for a longer period of time. Will generate
West Copenhagen Police said Twitter The operation was now over and they removed all the road blocks and cordons in the area near Harvester Jail.
“Tuesday’s prisoner escape is gravely serious,” said Denmark’s Minister of Justice Nick Hackerup. Statement on Twitter.
“I have sought a probation service for clarification so that we can clarify how this escape attempt can occur,” he said. Saying that his department will initiate “further measures” against the prisoner in the future.
Kim Wall’s family declined to comment on Madsen’s escape and recapture.
Associated Press, Ann-Catherine Pohlers and Reuters has contributed.