Danish submarine killer gives up fight for reduced jail sentence

Danish inventor Peter Madsen, locked up for life for murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, will not appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court.

Danish submarine killer gives up fight for reduced jail sentence
Madsen's laywer, Betina Hald Engmark. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A lower Danish appeals court in September upheld the life sentence for the 2017 killing after Madsen asked for a reduced term.

“He decided not to take the case to the Supreme Court,” his lawyer Betina Hald Engmark told Danish public broadcaster DR.

The 47-year-old, known in Denmark for building submarines and rockets, did not contest the guilty verdict.

Madsen had insisted that 30-year-old Wall’s death was an accident on his submarine, but admitted to dismembering her corpse and throwing the body parts into the sea in August 2017.

“He wants to put an end to this case and hopes that his prison conditions will normalize,” Engmark said.

“He feels that taking this case to the Supreme Court would increase the length of his visit ban,” she added.

Madsen is serving his time at a prison west of Copenhagen which also houses felons in need of psychiatric observation and assistance.

On August 10th, 2017, Wall, an award-winning reporter, boarded the submarine to interview the eccentric and self-taught engineer for an article she was writing.

An autopsy report concluded Wall probably died from suffocation or having her throat slit, but the decomposed state of her body meant examiners could not determine the exact cause of death.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.