COPENHAGEN, Denmark – On Wednesday, a verdict is expected at Copenhagen City Court on whether the Danish inventor Peter Madsenduring a private submarine voyage. Madsen, 47, is charged with murdering, dismembering, and improperly handling a body for Kim Wall
Madsen's defense lawyer said he should only be convicted of cutting the wall to pieces. The cause of death has never been determined
When Judge Anette Burkoe reads the verdict, it is not seen outside the Nordic region due to the broadcasting restrictions imposed by the Copenhagen City Court
During the trial, Madsen repeatedly testified that Wall had accidentally died in UC3 Nautilus while on deck. He told Wall, "had a wonderful evening until it ended in an accident," but denied that any sexual activity had taken place between them.
Madsen had offered varying explanations for Wall's death before the trial. First, he told the authorities that he had thrown Wall on a Copenhagen island for several hours in their submarine ride. Then he said Wall accidentally died in the submarine when a hatch fell and hit her on the head.
In early March, he told the court that he had found Wall lifeless after a sudden pressure problem in the submarine.
"I could not open the hatches, I heard Kim, it was not good," he said. He added that he tried to give her first aid when he finally reached her, but stopped because it was impossible to stay inside. "There was a danger of having a submarine with two dead," he told the court.
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