Sub Owner Held in Woman's Death Had Torture Videos: Prosecutor
Plus, new postmortem evidence in case against Peter Madsen
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2017 4:59 PM CDT
In this April 30, 2008 file photo, submarine owner Peter Madsen stands inside the vessel.   (Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File)

(Newser) – The Danish inventor charged with manslaughter in the death of a Swedish journalist aboard his submarine had videos of women being tortured and murdered on his computer, a police prosecutor told a Copenhagen court Tuesday. Jakob Buch-Jepsen testified that the video footage, "which we presume to be real," showed women being strangled or decapitated. Peter Madsen, who appeared in court via video link, said the computer police searched was not his, but was used by everyone in a laboratory he ran. Madsen claims journalist Kim Wall was killed in August when she was accidentally hit by a hatch cover while researching a story on Madsen onboard the submarine he built.

New postmortem evidence was also presented in court; it shows that Wall was stabbed in her ribcage and genitals "around or shortly after her death." Fifteen stab wounds were found on her body. Citing Buch-Jepsen's testimony, Reuters reports that DNA taken from Madsen's nails, face, and neck matched Wall's DNA, while the Guardian reports that traces of Madsen's DNA were recovered from Wall's body. Her cause of death remains undetermined. The court extended Madsen's detention as the investigation continues; he is due back in court Oct. 31.

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