Peter Madsen sentenced to life for murdering journalist Kim Wall

Copenhagen court to announce verdict in submarine murder trial

Copenhagen court to announce verdict in submarine murder trial

A Danish submarine inventor was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for torturing and murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body was dismembered and tossed overboard into the sea a year ago.

The journalist was last seen on August 10 as she boarded the 40-ton submarine Madsen had built himself.

The judge and two lay judges, who must decide on the verdict, watched as the prosecution showed images of her mutilated body and played a selection of more than 140 internet video clips found on Madsen's computer and iPhone.

At first he said her skull had been crushed by a heavy latch, but after the discovery of Wall's head, he claimed instead that she died in an accident which saw the pressure in the submarine drop, sealing the hatches and flooding the interior with toxic fumes.

A Copenhagen court on Wednesday convicted Madsen of murdering Wall, sexual assault without intercourse for the stabbing of Wall's genitals, and violating her corpse, tweeted Julie Thomsen, a reporter at the trial.

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Gruesome details of Wall's death have emerged over the past few months.

This file photo taken on August 13, 2017 shows police technicians investigating the rescued private owned submarine UC3 Nautilus, in Copenhagen Habour.

Danish inventor Peter Madsen will spend the rest of his days behind bars following the brutal murder of Kim Wall.

Mr Buch-Jepsen sought a life sentence for Madsen. The invitation onboard the UC3 Nautilus in Copenhagen was a response to Wall's request to meet him so she could write an article about him.

The court also heard that on the night Ms Wall is known to have died, he had googled the words beheading and girl and then watched a clip of a woman having her throat slit.

Wall was 30 and worked as a freelance journalist. A verdict was later reached inside of the Copenhagen court room by a two-person jury.

Her body was dismembered, with chunks of metal attached to her remains apparently so they would sink to the bottom of the sea.

Fourteen stab wounds and piercings were also found in and around her genital area.

Betina Hald Engmark told a Copenhagen court she would appeal Wednesday's sentence, the longest possible against her client.

"I am not made of steel so, of course, this case affects me on a personal level, but I have a professional role I need to carry out", he said.

In all, Madsen was found guilty on all three charges: which were the indecent handling of a corpse, premeditated murder, and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly risky nature".

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