Thursday 19 July 2018

Murder charge sought for submarine inventor

Peter Madsen was rescued before his submarine sank. Photo: Getty Images
Peter Madsen was rescued before his submarine sank. Photo: Getty Images

Dean Grey

Danish prosecutors will seek a murder charge against the self-built submarine inventor who was last seen with Swedish journalist Kim Wall before her headless torso was found floating off Denmark.

"At latest on September 5, we will try to hold him in custody on a murder charge ... after her (dismembered) body was found," special prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told AFP, referring to Peter Madsen.

The 46-year-old inventor has been held in formal custody since August 12 on suspicion of "negligent manslaughter", in a case that has shocked and intrigued people around the world.

Prosecutors have until September 5 to request an extension of his custody.

Mr Madsen, who has denied the allegations against him, has insisted Ms Wall died in an accident on board.

He says that he dumped the body in the water at an undefined location in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen.

Prosecutors have said that they plan to seek a murder charge after the recovery of 30-year-old Ms Wall's body, which investigators say was "deliberately" mutilated and weighted down with a metal object.

Ms Wall, a freelance journalist who has reported for 'The New York Times' and 'The Guardian', was last seen on board Mr Madsen's submarine earlier this month to interview him for a feature story.

Her boyfriend reported her missing a day later.

The same day, Mr Madsen was rescued from waters between Denmark and Sweden shortly before his submarine sank. Investigators have recovered and searched the sunken submarine, which police believe was intentionally sunk by Mr Madsen.

The cause of death and motive remain unknown. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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