Kim Wall: Murder charge sought for submarine inventor Peter Madsen after headless torso found near Copenhagen

Madsen told police he buried Ms Wall at sea after an accident aboard his submarine

Samuel Osborne
Thursday 24 August 2017 14:39
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Swedish journalist Kim Wall
Swedish journalist Kim Wall

Danish prosecutors are seeking to charge inventor Peter Madsen with the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

Ms Wall’s headless torso was found naked in waters off Copenhagen and a search is being conducted for her clothes, Danish police said.

The 30-year-old was last seen aboard the submarine of enthusiast Mr Madsen, a Danish aerospace engineering enthusiast. He is in custody on suspicion of manslaughter.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said police expect to raise the preliminary charges against Madsen to murder and indecent handling of a corpse when he appears at a custody hearing in early September.

Peter Madsen, right, talks to a police officer after being rescued from his sinking submarine

A cyclist discovered Ms Wall’s torso on Monday, and Copenhagen police later said the body’s head, arms and legs had “deliberately been cut off”.

Police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told reporters DNA tests had confirmed the torso was Ms Wall’s.

Dried blood found inside the submarine was also matched to DNA obtained from Wall’s toothbrush and hairbrush.

The cause of the journalist’s death is not yet known, police said.

Madsen initially told police he had let Ms Wall off the submarine on an island.

The UC3 Nautilus submarine is lifted from a salvage ship in Copenhagen’s harbour

According to her family, she was working on a story about Madsen, 46, who dreamed of launching a manned space mission.

He later told police he buried Ms Wall at sea after an accident aboard his submarine.

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