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US News Kim Wall murder trial: What you need to know

09:55  08 march  2018
09:55  08 march  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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:: Who was Kim Wall?

30-year-old Kim Wall was an award-winning journalist from the small village of Trelleborg in Sweden. She studied at the London School of Economics, the Sorbonne in Paris and at the Columbia School of Journalism.

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When she died in August last year, she had been living with her boyfriend in Copenhagen. The couple were preparing to move to Beijing, China.

:: Who is Peter Madsen?

Peter Madsen, 47, is a minor Danish celebrity; an inventor and entrepreneur who drew crowds to watch tests of his home-built rockets and submarines.

The Nautilus was his most impressive creation - the world's largest privately build submarine in the world. Built over three years, it could carry eight people and could dive to depths of 400 metres.

:: Why was she on his submarine?

Kim Wall and her boyfriend Ole Stobbe lived in an apartment not far from Mr Madsen's workshop in Refshaleoen, a former industrial zone on the edge of Copenhagen.

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:: What was the sequence of events?

On the evening of 10 August last year, Ms Wall and her boyfriend were preparing for their own farewell party before they moved to Beijing. But later that day, she received a call from Madsen. He was prepared to grant her an interview and a ride on his submarine.

She decided that it was worth doing, even if it meant forfeiting her own party - it couldn't wait, as they were leaving for Beijing. She left with Madsen from a pier in Refshaleoen. She was expected back later the same evening.

Late that night, she still hadn't returned. Her boyfriend raised the alarm. By the following morning a full scale maritime search had been mounted for the sub, though it had issued no distress call.

Hours later, the Nautilus was spotted, sinking in a bay south of Copenhagen. Madsen was rescued.

When he came ashore, he claimed that he had dropped Ms Wall off back at Refshaleoen as planned the previous evening and gone out again, alone.

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However, his story then changed. Under police questioning he said there had been an accident on board.

The submarine's hatch had hit Ms Wall on the head and killed her, he claimed. He said he had panicked and buried her at sea.

But 11 days later, not far from where the submarine sank, just south of Copenhagen, a discovery was made on the shoreline.

Over the next few weeks, body parts began to wash up. They were all identified as belonging to the journalist.

Madsen's story changed again. He admitted he had dismembered her. But he failed to explain how she died. It is understood that he has not given the police any further details.

:: What is the indictment against Mr Madsen?

According to the official indictment, he cut and stabbed her multiple times before killing her and then dismembering her body.

Her body parts, the indictment says, were weighed down and thrown into the sea.

Madsen has been charged with premeditated murder, indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature".

An examination of Ms Wall's remains showed evidence that she had been stabbed multiple times in her genitals.

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Madsen, who has been charged with her murder and is in pre- trial detention, denies killing Wall . This will feature the stories you need to know , as well as a curated selection of the best reads from across the site.

The prosecution will need to prove that she died in a pre-meditated murder.

They will present evidence which they hope will prove that he planned and prepared Ms Wall's murder, bringing a saw, knife and screwdrivers to his submarine.

:: How does the trial work?

The trial is taking place at Copenhagen's City Court and is scheduled to last for 12 days.

It will not sit on consecutive days but on selected days between 8 March and 25 April, when the verdict is due.

Mr Madsen is expected to appear in person on each day.

A total of 37 witnesses are expected to be called. They will give evidence to panel of three judges and be cross-examined by the prosecutor Jakob Busch-Jepsen and Madsen's defence counsel Betina Hald Engmark.

There will also be two jurors. Under the Danish legal system, trials usually consist of 6 jurors, however a defendant can waive the right to the full six and instead opt for a smaller make-up. Mr Madsen has chosen this option.

In Danish law, the defendant cannot be compelled to tell the truth and so there is no requirement to swear an oath.

In Denmark, murder typically carries a jail sentence of 12 years. However, in certain cases, it's possible for a convicted murderer to remain in custody for life if he or she is deemed too dangerous to be released.

Mr Madsen admits dismembering Kim Wall but he denies murder.

:: The Kim Wall Memorial

After her death, Kim Wall's family and friends set up a memorial fund in her memory. The money it raises will help fund young female reporters starting out in the business.

"Kim would have wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life. We are asking for your help in realising her vision of this braver, lovelier world." the website says.

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