Crime & Justice

Danish inventor who murdered Kim Wall tries to escape prison

Berlin, Oct 20 (efe-epa).- Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen, who is serving a life sentence for the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, was caught trying to escape prison on Tuesday.

Images of the incident showed the moment armed police stopped Madsen, who was seen sitting against a fence having escaped from the prison complex.

According to local media reports, the convicted murderer claimed he had a bomb strapped to his waist and threatened to blow himself up.

Madsen, 47, was convicted of premeditated murder, sexual assault and desecrating the corpse of Wall, who went missing after boarding the UC3 Nautilus submarine to conduct an interview with the engineer on 10 August 2017.

Wall’s murder and the macabre case that followed gripped the nation.

The Swedish journalist, who lived in Copenhagen with her Danish boyfriend, was declared missing in the early hours of 11 August.

The morning after Wall’s disappearance, Madsen’s self-engineered submarine sank in suspicious circumstances in Køge Bay, near Copenhagen; it later turned out that he had scuttled the vessel.

Madsen initially claimed that he had dropped Wall off the previous night but the following day he said the journalist had died in an accident on board his vessel and that he had dumped her body at sea.

On 21 August, Wall’s dismembered torso was discovered at Køge Bay, while her severed limbs were found in the following weeks.

Again Madsen changed his story: first, he said that she had died when the submarine’s hatch door hit her head, then that she died of gas poisoning, although forensics dismissed these versions of events.

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