Latest: Danish submarine inventor says he will appeal life sentence for murder of journalist Kim Wall

Update 1.15pm: Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen has been found guilty of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall during a private submarine trip.

He has been sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Anette Burkoe at the Copenhagen City Court said she and two jurors unanimously decided Ms Wall's death was a murder, saying Madsen did not given "a trustworthy" explanation.

In this April 30, 2008 file photo, submarine owner Peter Madsen stands inside the vessel. Pic: Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File

Madsen said he would appeal against the conviction and sentence.

It was a "cynical murder" of a journalist who was performing her duties, the court heard in a hearing which was not broadcast live due to a court order.

In Denmark, a life sentence equates to 16 years, which can be extended if necessary.

Throughout the trial that started on March 8, Madsen, 47, has denied murder, saying 30-year-old Ms Wall died accidentally inside the submarine but changed his story about how she died.

Ms Wall embarked on Madsen's submarine on August 10 to interview the entrepreneur.

He initially denied dismembering her, then confessed he had done so and said he had thrown her body parts into the Baltic Sea.

He listened quietly as the verdict was read, looking down at the desk in front of him.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen claimed Ms Wall's murder was sexually motivated and premeditated because Madsen brought along tools he normally did not take when sailing, including a saw and sharpened screwdrivers.

Madsen's defence lawyer had argued for his acquittal on the charge of murder, saying he should only be sentenced for the lesser charge of cutting Ms Wall's body into pieces.

The cause of death has never been established but the court found Madsen "cut the body into pieces to hide what had happened".

In this April 30, 2008 file photo, submarine owner Peter Madsen stands inside the vessel. Pic: Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File

Earlier: Submarine inventor sentenced to life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison for torturing and murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his private submarine.

Judge Anette Burkoe at the Copenhagen City Court said she and the two jurors agreed Ms Wall's death was a murder.

She said Madsen did not given "a trustworthy" explanation.

Madsen stood quietly listening as the judge read out the verdict on Wednesday.

Madsen, 47, had denied murder and said Wall died accidentally inside the submarine but confessed to cutting up her body and throwing the body parts into the sea.

More to follow.

PA


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