Danish inventor Peter Madsen denied murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homebuilt submarine in August. He told a court on Thursday he disposed of her body after she died breathing in exhaust fumes.

On the first day of his trial, 47 year old Madsen said he had had to dismember the corpse to get it out of the submarine. He said he intended to dispose of the body parts at sea to restore a “normal” condition on board. He admitted he was not thinking rationally at the time.

Madsen is accused of murdering and dismembering Wall. She was a 30-year-old Swedish journalist who was researching a story on the man who was already well known in Denmark for his submarines and his plan to send a human into space in a home-made rocket.


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