Danish inventor Peter Madsen went on trial Thursday accused of tying up and torturing Swedish reporter Kim Wall earlier than he both lower her throat or strangled her throughout a visit on his personal submarine in August.
Madsen, 47, is charged with homicide, dismemberment and indecent dealing with of a corpse for the best way he disposed of Wall’s physique.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen began the 12-day trial at Copenhagen Metropolis Court docket by studying the costs, describing intimately how Wall’s physique components have been discovered on the ocean mattress. Madsen, sporting glasses and a darkish shirt, listened quietly along with his fists closed.
Madsen’s lawyer, Betaina Hald Engmark, then formally entered a not-guilty plea to the homicide cost.
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Madsen denies killing Wall and says she died by chance contained in the UC3 Nautilus whereas he was on deck. Nonetheless, he has admitted chopping her up earlier than he “buried her at sea.”
The prosecution claims Wall’s homicide was premeditated as a result of Madsen introduced alongside instruments he usually didn’t take when crusing.
Wall’s dad and mom have been additionally current Thursday on the trial.
Members of the court docket have been proven a drawing of the a number of stabs to Wall’s torso. An audio file of a radio alternate between Madsen and maritime officers from Aug. 11 — the day after Madsen and Wall launched into their submarine journey— was additionally performed. Within the recording, Madsen mentioned he had let Wall off on an island, and that there have been no injured individuals aboard however solely technical issues.
The 33-ton, practically 18-meter-long submarine sank south of Copenhagen shortly after being noticed afloat. Madsen reported “man overboard” over the radio and was then picked up alone.
Buch-Jepsen mentioned that after Madsen was arrested on land, forensic specialists discovered dried blood on Madsen’s nostril — “blood that ultimately was confirmed to belong to Kim Wall.”
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Wall studied at Paris’ Sorbonne college, the London College of Economics and Columbia College in New York, from the place she graduated with a grasp’s diploma in journalism in 2013.
She wrote for The New York Occasions, The Guardian and different publications, reporting on matters equivalent to tourism in post-earthquake Haiti and nuclear testing within the Marshall Islands.
Caterina Clerici, a buddy from Columbia, mentioned Wall had “a gentle spot for misfits, for locations and those who didn’t conform.”
Madsen was a co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a non-public aerospace consortium to develop and assemble manned spacecraft. In 2011, it launched a do-it-yourself nine-meter rocket eight kilometers into the sky over the Baltic Sea, a step towards its unrealized objective of launching an individual into area.
In an interview with Danish weekly Soendagsavisen in 2014, Madsen mentioned he at some point “hoped to have a legal profession,” including he didn’t wish to rob a financial institution as a result of “nobody should be damage.”
On the night that he contacted Wall, Madsen additionally texted his affiliate Steen Lorck to name off a deliberate journey the next day within the submarine that first launched in 2008.
After Wall left to fulfill Madsen, her boyfriend obtained a number of textual content messages from her. He began worrying when the messages stopped coming and ultimately alerted authorities, who launched a seek for the submarine, which didn’t have a satellite tv for pc monitoring system.
Investigators discovered dried blood contained in the submarine, and divers ultimately discovered Wall’s physique components in plastic baggage held down on the Baltic Sea mattress by metallic items. Her torso had been stabbed a number of instances.
Police consider Madsen sank the submarine on objective, and located movies of girls being tortured and killed on his private pc in his hangar. He didn’t make the movies himself, investigators mentioned.
The trial at Copenhagen’s Metropolis Court docket ends April. 25.