Peter Madsen, Killer of Kim Wall, Is Sentenced for a Jailbreak

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A Copenhagen courtroom on Tuesday handed down a 21-month jail sentence to Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor convicted of murdering the Swedish journalist Kim Wall in 2017, for an tried escape from jail final 12 months.

Mr. Madsen had already obtained a life sentence in 2018 for the killing and dismemberment of Ms. Wall aboard his submarine, a ugly homicide that shocked Denmark.

Final October, Mr. Madsen escaped from Herstedvester Jail, on the western outskirts of Copenhagen, a jailbreak captured in sensational photographs on reside TV. Utilizing a mock gun and sporting a pretend explosive belt, he threatened jail employees and made it about half a mile exterior the jail partitions, earlier than being captured by armed law enforcement officials. Footage of his seize additionally confirmed bystanders on the scene screaming profanities at Mr. Madsen.

On the sentencing on Tuesday at Glostrup Metropolis Court docket, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Mr. Madsen was additionally ordered to pay about 20,000 kroner, or about $3,200, to a psychologist whom he threatened to kill throughout the escape try, in accordance with Ekstra Bladet, a Danish tabloid.

Mr. Madsen accepted the result, the courtroom stated. Mr. Madsen stated he had determined to flee as a result of he discovered the situations in jail insupportable, and that he had grown determined after he was refused visits from his companion.

Prisoners who’re sentenced to life in jail in Denmark will be eligible for launch on probation after 12 years. The sentencing of Mr. Madsen on Tuesday will most likely determine in future concerns for early launch. After the tried jailbreak, he was moved to Storstrom Jail, a high-security facility.

Ms. Wall, 30, disappeared after boarding Mr. Madsen’s home made submarine to interview the inventor in August, 2017. Her torso was later found on a seashore in Copenhagen and Mr. Madsen gave conflicting accounts of her whereabouts earlier than finally admitting to dismembering her physique. He was later charged with the premeditated killing of Ms. Wall.

Regardless of a brief profession, Ms. Wall had established herself as a inventive and decided journalist, reporting for retailers together with The New York Occasions. She grew up in Trelleborg, Sweden, and graduated from the London College of Economics, incomes two grasp’s levels from Columbia College. She launched into a globe-trotting profession and reported from international locations together with Cuba, Sri Lanka and Uganda. She had been days away from shifting to Beijing along with her boyfriend earlier than her dying.

“I wish to understand how the world works,” she wrote for a newspaper in Sweden in 2011, “and I hope that I perhaps at some point can be taught sufficient to make a distinction.”

A TV sequence, “The Investigation,” which fictionalizes the work by the police and detectives on the case, was launched final 12 months.

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