‘Submarine inventor never said Swedish journalist died from CO2 poisoning’


STOCKHOLM: Danish police said Wednesday that submarine inventor Peter Madsen, accused of killing the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, had not said she died from carbon monoxide poisoning, correcting a previous statement.

On Monday, the Copenhagen police had said Madsen admitted to dismembering the corpse of Wall, whose headless torso was found floating in waters off Copenhagen on August 21, 11 days after she went missing.

They also said they were told that “Wall died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine at a time when he was on deck.”

But on Wednesday, police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen told the Ritzau news agency that “It is true that Peter Madsen has not said that she died from carbon monoxide poisoning.”

“My client does not know how she died,” added Madsen’s lawyer Betina Hald Engmark, speaking to Danish broadcaster TV2.

In the previous questioning by the police, Madsen, 46, who denies killing the 30-year-old Wall, said she had died in an accident when a heavy submarine hatch fell on her head.

Prosecutors have previously said they believe Madsen killed Wall as part of a sexual fantasy, then dismembered her body and threw the parts into the sea.

Investigators found a hard disk in Madsen’s workshop that contained fetish films in which women are tortured, decapitated and burned alive.

Madsen has denied any sexual relations with Wall and insisted the hard drive did not belong to him.