Saturday 20 October 2018

Danish inventor admits dismembering journalist but says he did not kill her

Danish inventor Peter Madsen
Danish inventor Peter Madsen
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering a Swedish journalist who disappeared from his home-made submarine and has changed his story about how she died, but still denies killing her, police said.

According to Copenhagen police, Peter Madsen now says Kim Wall died as result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine while he was on deck.

He had previously said she died after being accidentally hit by a heavy hatch in the submarine's tower.

"This explanation (by Madsen) naturally will lead the police into gathering additional statements from the coroner and the armed forces' submarine experts," said Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moller Jensen.

Danish inventor Peter Madsen with his home-made submarine (Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File)
Danish inventor Peter Madsen with his home-made submarine (Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File)

Police said Madsen acknowledged he dismembered her body and threw it into Koge Bay, south west of Copenhagen.

Ms Wall's torso was found on a southern Copenhagen coast in late August, and her head, legs and clothes were found at sea this month. No fractures to her skull were found that would have supported the claim that she was killed by the hatch.

She was working on a story about Madsen and was last seen aboard his home-made submarine Nautilus as it left Copenhagen in August.

The next day, he was rescued from the sinking submarine without her. Police believe he deliberately sank the vessel.

Ms Wall whose body was identified. Photo: AP
Ms Wall whose body was identified. Photo: AP

Madsen's pre-trial detention is set to expire on Tuesday but police said no new hearing will be held as the 46-year-old has voluntarily agreed to remain in detention.

He is currently charged with murder and mutilating Ms Wall's body.

Police said on Monday that the charges have been extended to include sexual assault without intercourse.

An examination of the torso revealed wounds to her genitals and rib cage that were believed to have been caused during her death or shortly after.

"We're taking an approach that there exists a sexual motive," Mr Jensen told Swedish broadcaster SVT.

Police have finished an unsuccessful search for the phones of Madsen and Ms Wall in the past weeks but said they could reactivate that search if needed.

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