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Danish inventor to go on trial over journalist's murder

IANS  |  Copenhagen 

A Danish inventor accused of sexually assaulting, torturing and murdering a Swedish after she joined him on board his submarine for an interview last August, will go on trial on Thursday.

More than 75 journalists from more than 12 countries have registered to attend the trial at the Copenhagen district court, reflecting enormous international interest in what has described as a "unusual and extremely brutal" case, reports the

Peter Madsen, 47, faces charges including murder, dismemberment and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature".

He denies murdering Kim Wall, 30, after she boarded the vessel in pursuit of a story, but admits cutting up her body, reports the

Around 40 witnesses are set to give evidence over the next few weeks. The verdict is expected on 25 April

Buch-Jepsen plans to push for a life sentence, the most severe punishment possible in and one normally reserved for those who have killed multiple victims or children.

Buch-Jepsen will begin by formally laying out the charges, before outlining the prosecution's theory that Madsen killed Wall to fulfil sadistic sexual fantasies, tying her up and beating and stabbing her, and then either strangling her to death or beheading her, the reported.

He will run through the evidence that the murder was pre-planned, including the saw, knife, plastic strips, and tubing Madsen brought on board.

A found the remains of the journalist's dismembered torso on a nearby beach 10 days after she disappeared following an interview with on his submarine.

Weeks later, police divers discovered other parts of her body in plastic bags weighed down with

Madsen told the police that she had died when a heavy hatch on the submarine fell on her But the claim was disproved a month later when Wall's was discovered without skull injuries, the reported.

Wall had had a long career in journalism, having previously reported from North Korea, the South Pacific, and Haiti, writing for the New York Times, Guardian, Vice and the Morning Post.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 11:24 IST
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