The Danish inventor accused of killing journalist Kim Wall aboard his submarine was worried whether the police and military could track him, according to his rescuers.
Peter Madsen, on trial in Copenhagen for Wall’s murder, was fetched from the water between Denmark and Sweden in August the night that the 30-year-old Columbia Journalism School graduate, died aboard his vessel.
Madsen says that she died as an accident, though has also admitted to dismembering her body and stabbing it after first telling his rescuers that he had dropped her ashore hours earlier.
The helicopter operator, who had also been looking for Wall after she was reported missing, took the stand in the trial on Thursday, and said that the inventor repeatedly asked about whether the police and military could track him, according to Danish site DR.
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A doctor who was part of the rescue mission said that Madsen strangely did not seem shaken despite the fact that his sub just sank and asked for a lawyer.
Testimony from those who first saw the inventor after the alleged murder came after words from Wall’s boyfriend, who had been holding a goodbye party for their move to China before she went for an interview, and the medical examiner.
The court went over dozens of wounds left on Wall’s body with Christina Jacobsen, who said that an exact cause of death could not be established.
Prosecutors have said that the likely cause was strangulation or slitting of the throat and pointed to cuts on Wall’s neck, though the examiner also agreed with the defense assertion that gas poisoning, what Madsen points to, could not be ruled out.
The defendant said Wednesday that he stabbed Wall's body repeatedly to let gas escape so it would sink, though Jacobsen said Thursday that the wounds would not have accomplished that.
Prosecutors say that his motive for killing her was a sick sexual fantasy, and have showed the court beheading and impalement videos from his computer.
Madsen, also charged with indecent handling of a corpse and sexual assault, faces a life sentence of likely 16 years if convicted, and a verdict in the trial is expected in the end of April.