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Danish inventor says journalist died from toxic fumes on sub
March 09, 2018
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Copenhagen: Danish inventor Peter Madsen on Thursday denied murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his self-built submarine, saying she died when the air pressure suddenly dropped and toxic fumes filled the vessel.

 But the prosecution painted a picture of a sexual sadist obsessed with beheadings who murdered her as part of a sexual fantasy.

 Madsen, who has previously admitted dismembering Wall’s body and throwing her remains overboard, told the Copenhagen district court on the first day of his trial that the air pressure suddenly dropped in the engine room, where the 30-year-old freelance reporter was located while he was up on deck.

 Pleading not guilty to premeditated murder, he admitted he had lied to investigators and changed his account of what actually happened to Wall several times.

 “I wanted to spare her family and the world the details ... about what actually happened when she died, because it is gruesome.”

 He said a vacuum effect meant he was unable to open the hatch to get in to Wall, who was screaming for help.

 “I try to explain to Kim through the hatch how to stop the necessary engines, for 5 to 15 minutes I try to get in to her,” Madsen said.

 “When I finally manage to open the hatch, a warm cloud hits my face. I find her lifeless on the floor, and I squat next to her and try to wake her up, slapping her cheeks.”

 He said he sailed around for a few hours, contemplating suicide, and then slept next to Wall’s body for two hours.

 Cutting her up was not a big deal, as he already knew how to amputate limbs “to save lives”.

 “I don’t see how that mattered at that time, as she was dead,” Madsen said with a small grin.

 “I tried first with an arm, and that went very fast... It went very fast, and I got her out of the submarine.”

 Wall’s chopped up body parts, weighed down in plastic bags with metal objects, were later recovered from waters off Copenhagen.

 Wall was reported missing by her boyfriend after she failed to return home from her trip on the 60-foot (18-metre) vessel on August 10.

 That evening, the couple were having a going-away party ahead of their planned move to China a few days later.

Agence France-Presse

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