The Danish inventor who built his own submarine and then killed someone in it was sentenced to life in prison for torturing and murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Peter Madsen and Wall were on a private submarine trip last year when he killed her. Prosecutors say it was sexually motivated and premeditated because the inventor brought tools he didn't normally take sailing.
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The 47-year-old Madsen was found guilty of murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse for chopping her into pieces. Judge Anette Burkoe said she agreed with the two jurors that Wall's death was a murder and said Madsen didn't give "a trustworthy" explanation for how she died and why he chopped her into pieces.
Madsen stood silently while the judge read the guilty verdict at his trial Wednesday. His story that Wall had died accidentally inside the submarine changed several times during the investigation. He ultimately admitted to cutting her up and throwing her body parts into the ocean. Prosecutors sought the life sentence which in Denmark is 16 years but can be adjusted if necessary.
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His lawyers argued that he should have only been sentenced for cutting Wall into pieces since the cause of death has never been proven. The televised court hearing was restricted to inside the Nordic region by Copenhagen City Court. Madsen testified at his own trial and insisted that Wall died accidentally while aboard the UC3 Nautilus. At the time of her death, Madsen claims he was above deck but until then "had a wonderful evening until it ended in an accident."
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