Submarine killing: What we find out about ‘one of the spectacular homicide instances in Danish historical past’

The submarine inventor accused of killing a journalist on his vessel in Denmark volunteered right this moment to stay in jail till Nov. 15 in a case described as “one of the spectacular homicide instances in Danish historical past.”

Swedish journalist Kim Wall boarded the UC3 Nautilus submarine in Copenhagen this summer season to interview Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor who constructed and operated the submarine.

However the submarine sank, Wall went lacking and the inventor has since been charged within the loss of life of the dismembered journalist, who was the one different particular person on the Aug. 10 journey.

Madsen, 46, is charged with manslaughter, the equal of homicide in Denmark, and indecent dealing with of a corpse. He has pleaded responsible to the latter however denies killing the 30-year-old journalist. He has been in jail since Aug. 12.

PHOTO: Swedish police conduct their investigation at the scene where the body of Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was found, Aug. 24, 2017. IBL/REX/Shutterstock, FILE
Swedish police conduct their investigation on the scene the place the physique of Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was discovered, Aug. 24, 2017.

His trial is predicted to begin within the spring, however a number of pre-trial hearings have taken place. One other one had been scheduled for Tuesday to find out whether or not Madsen ought to stay in jail for 4 extra weeks, however his protection lawyer right this moment knowledgeable the prosecutor that Madsen has volunteered to remain in jail.

Here’s a timeline of occasions within the case that has shocked Scandinavia.

Saturday Oct. 7

Copenhagen police introduced they discovered Wall’s head and legs. The arms are nonetheless lacking. The examination confirmed no fracture or blunt violence to the cranium, which contradicts Madsen’s clarification that Wall died after the heavy submarine hatch cowl hit her within the head, which led to a fracture to her cranium.

Police stated that steel was hooked up to the physique components, which indicated an try and have them sink. The subsequent step is to look at the torso once more together with the opposite physique components to find out the reason for loss of life, police stated.

Police additionally discovered a bag with Wall’s clothes, a knife and lead weights. Technicians can be trying into whether or not this was the knife used to inflict the stab wounds on her physique, police stated.

Tuesday Oct. three

The prosecutor introduced the results of Wall’s post-mortem report. She had sustained 15 stab wounds, together with 14 to her bads alone. Her DNA was discovered on Madsen’s neck, hand and nostrils. Investigators additionally discovered a number of movies depicting ladies being killed and tortured on Madsen’s pc. These movies are presumed actual and had been recorded overseas, although not by Madsen, the prosecutor stated. Jakob Buch-Jepsen, the prosecutor within the case, advised ABC Information that Madsen’s psychological health was being examined.

Tuesday Sept. 5

Peter Madsen made his first public look in court docket. Madsen stated that Kim Wall died aboard the submarine after she was unintentionally hit within the head by the submarine’s 55-pound hatch cowl.

In keeping with the prosecutor, Madsen gave this clarification on Aug. 12 behind closed doorways. Madsen stated that whereas in his submarine’s tower on Aug. 10, he slipped and misplaced grip of the heavy lid to the vessel. Wall was on her means as much as the tower and was hit within the head with the duvet, he stated.

Madsen stated Wall sustained an open cranium fracture and was bleeding from the pinnacle. She additionally had cramps, however they stopped after about 20 seconds, he advised the court docket. She had no pulse and was lifeless, he stated.

Madsen stated he determined to bury Wall at sea, however that he did not know something in regards to the dismemberment of Wall’s physique components. The prosecutor advised Madsen that Wall’s head, legs and arms had been minimize off on objective, and requested him who else would have minimize off the physique components. Madsen didn’t have an evidence however maintained that he didn’t minimize off her physique components. He denied killing Wall, however pleaded responsible to the cost of indecent dealing with of a corpse.

The prosecutor additionally stated that blood was discovered on the ground of the submarine in addition to pair of girls’s panties, tights and locks of hair. The choose determined that the outcomes of Wall’s post-mortem report could be off the report. The outcomes had been learn out in court docket, however the media was prohibited from reporting them. The choose determined that Madsen was to be detained for 4 extra weeks.

Friday Aug. 25

Madsen was now additionally charged with indecent dealing with of a corpse.

Wednesday Aug. 23

After a DNA-test, police introduced that the torso that was discovered was Kim Wall’s.

Monday Aug. 21

The Copenhagen District court docket introduced that Madsen had modified his clarification. He now stated that Wall died in an accident aboard the submarine and he buried her at sea. Later that day, police stated a bike owner discovered a torso of a girl within the water lacking the pinnacle, legs and arms.

Sunday Aug. 13

Police introduced that the submarine was most likely sunk intentionally.

Saturday Aug. 12

Peter Madsen was charged with involuntary manslaughter “below notably aggravating circumstances” and detained. There’s no bail in Denmark however a choose has to rule each 4 weeks that additional detention is justified.

Friday Aug. 11

Kim Wall did not come again from the submarine trip. Her boyfriend reported her lacking. Authorities began a seek for the submarine. Peter Madsen was rescued by a non-public boat and the submarine sank.

Madsen claimed he dropped Wall off at Refshaleøen, an island that was an industrial space within the harbor of Copenhagen. Later that day, police stated they charged Madsen with killing Wall – earlier than a physique had been discovered.


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