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Kim Wall's Head Hit By Sub's Hatch, Inventor Claims

Kim Wall's Head Hit By Sub's Hatch, Inventor Claims

In this Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, photo, a private submarine sits on a pier in Copenhagen harbor, Denmark. (Jens Dresling/Ritzau Foto via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:26 AM

Kim Wall's head was hit by a submarine hatch in a tragic accident, an inventor claimed in court Tuesday in the case of the August death of the freelance journalist.

Copenhagen City Court prosecutor Jacob Buch read the testimony of Peter Madsen, owner and captain of the homemade submarine Nautilus, into the record, giving his account of what happened to the Swedish reporter, the Copenhagen Post reported.

Madsen, 46, has been charged with killing Wall, 30, and faces a possible five years to life in prison. Police arrested the inventor after his submarine sank and he was rescued, the Independent wrote. The BBC News reported that she was last seen alive Aug. 10 when she left with Madsen on the Nautilus for a story she was doing.

Police identified a headless female torso that washed ashore in Copenhagen on Aug. 23 as Wall's body, the Independent reported. Authorities have not determined the cause of death.

Madsen said he was holding the 155-pound hatch to the sub while Wall was getting out when he slipped on the platform, the Copenhagen Post wrote. Madsen claimed the hatch closed, hitting Wall in the head, where she was badly hurt and probably dead, the publication continued.

The inventor said he went into shock over the incident, sailing to deep water to "end it all," but instead decided to bury Wall's body at sea, the Copenhagen Post wrote. Madsen later decided to sink the Nautilus and was rescued in waters between Denmark and Sweden, per the BBC News.

Madsen's attorney admitted, according to the Post, of desecrating Wall's body by throwing her overboard but claims her head was intact. The attorney added that his client will continue his not guilty plea to manslaughter, the publication noted.

"There was a pool of blood where she had landed (in the submarine)," Madsen admitted, according to the BBC News.

"In the shock I was in, it was the right thing to do," Madsen said about his alleged decision to throw her overboard, the BBC News reported.

Prosecutors have asked for Madsen to undergo a mental examination, the Post said.

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