Prosecutors said he bound, tortured, sexually assaulted and stabbed repeatedly the victim after she went on his submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, to interview him.The judge, Anette Burkoe, described the crime as “a cynical and planned sexual murder of a severe brutal nature against a random woman.” Life sentences are rarely given in Denmark unless a person is found guilty of multiple murders.
Madsen’s submarine was removed from Copenhagen habor for forensic investigation in the days after Wall disappeared. Madsen consistently denied charges of murder and sexual assault claiming Wall died by accident from carbon dioxide poisoning, although he admitted to dismembering her body and tossing it into the sea in a state of panic. Asked on Monday if he wanted to make a last statement before the jury went into deliberation, Madsen said, “If anything, I am sorry about what happened.” Many details of Wall’s final night remain unclear. It has also been impossible to determine Wall’s cause of death. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen. presented a selection of more than 100 videos, cartoons and written texts found among Madsen’s possessions, depicting the murder, torture and impaling of women. Before Wall’s death, Madsen searched for and played on his phone a video of a girl having her throat slit.