The Local: Trial of Danish inventor to shed light on Swedish journalist's submarine death8 March 2018 | 08:57 | FOCUS News Agency
The case against the 47-year-old self-taught engineer begins at 9:30 am at the Copenhagen district court, attended by Wall's family and scores of reporters from Danish and foreign media.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen has already said he will call for a life sentence, which in Denmark averages around 16 years.
An eccentric, semi-celebrity in Denmark who built submarines and rockets and dreamed of developing private space travel, Madsen faces charges of premeditated murder, desecrating a corpse, and aggravated sexual assault.
The case, which will run through to April 25, is expected to clarify how Wall died on board Madsen's Nautilus submarine on August 10, 2017, when she went for an evening sail with him to interview him for an article. He has changed his version of events several times.
He has denied murdering her, saying her death was an accident but providing no explanation. He has however admitted to chopping her up and throwing her remains overboard.
His lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, has remained tight-lipped and has not revealed what he intends to tell the court.
Divers combed Danish waters in the weeks following Wall's disappearance,ultimately recovering all of her remains.
An autopsy was unable to determine the cause of death, nor has a motive been established.
But prosecutors have said they believe Madsen killed Wall as part of a sexual fantasy.
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