Wednesday 20 September 2017

Submarine owner says Swedish journalist Kim Wall died when she was 'hit by hatch cover'

DNA tests have confirmed the torso as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Photo: Tom Wall via AP
DNA tests have confirmed the torso as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Photo: Tom Wall via AP
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Swedish journalist Kim Wall died in an accident when she was hit by a heavy hatch cover on board a home-made submarine, the Danish owner of the submarine testified on court on Tuesday.

Peter Madsen was holding the hatch for Wall as they sailed in the strait between Denmark and Sweden last month on a submarine he had built, he told a Danish court.

The home-made submarine
The home-made submarine "UC3 Nautilus", built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who is charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his submarine, sails in the harbour of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Thompson

"I lose my foothold and the hatch shuts," he said. "Kim had been severely hurt and was laying with an intense bleeding. There was a pool of blood where she had landed."

He said he tried to bury her at sea and intended to take his on life inside the submarine. On Aug. 23, police identified a headless female torso that washed ashore in Copenhagen as Wall's. The cause of her death has not been determined .

The police have charged Madsen with killing the Swedish journalist, a charge carrying a sentence of five years to and life in prison. He was arrested after his submarine sank and he was rescued.

The Copenhagen district court will rule on whether to extend his custody and on what charges.

Reuters

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