Peter Madsen: Danish submarine killer sentenced to 21 months for prison escape

A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for his attempted prison escape last year.

Peter Madsen was serving a life sentence for killing Kim Wall on his homemade submarine in 2017.

Last October, he briefly escaped from Herstedvester prison in suburban Copenhagen after threatening prison staff and police with a fake gun and false explosives he had made in jail.

He was quickly apprehended around 500 metres from the facility after prison staff saw him jump into a passing white van and informed the police.

Madsen accepted the additional sentence of one year and nine months handed down by Glostrup City Court on Tuesday.

The conviction does not add any time to his life sentence but may affect his ability to make future probation requests.

Madsen told the court that his plan was to hijack cars, take the owners’ mobile phones and travel south to Germany.

The 2017 murder of award-winning journalist Wall made Madsen one of Denmark’s most notorious criminals and the subsequent trial gripped Scandinavia.

The 30-year-old reporter was lured aboard Madsen’s Nautilus vessel with the promise of an interview about a rocket programme he had founded in 2014.

Wall’s partner later reported her missing and her body was found dismembered 11 days later on a beach.

The self-taught engineer was convicted of her sexual assault and murder by Copenhagen City Court in 2018.

Madsen initially claimed the death was an accident, but during his trial, he admitted to cutting up the body and throwing it into the Baltic Sea.

Madsen lost his appeal against the life sentence and apologised to the victim’s family after the appeals court.

Last month he admitted his guilt for the first time to a journalist in a documentary broadcast on Danish television.

Life sentences in Denmark usually mean 16 years in prison, but convicts are reassessed to determine whether they would pose a danger to society if released and can be kept longer.

During his trial, the psychiatric expert said that Madsen is “a pathological liar” and “a danger to others”.

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Peter Madsen, Who Killed Kim Wall on Submarine, Briefly Escapes Prison

ODENSE, Denmark — A Danish inventor convicted of killing a journalist aboard his homemade submarine in Copenhagen in 2017 briefly escaped from prison on Tuesday, according to the Danish state broadcaster.

The inventor, Peter Madsen, reportedly fled the Herstedvester Prison near Copenhagen after using a staff member as a human shield, but was arrested a short time later in Albertslund, near the facility on the western outskirts of the city. Photos and videos posted by Ekstra Bladet, a local news outlet, appeared to show Mr. Madsen seated on the side of the road surrounded by armed police officers with the area cordoned off. Media reports said he may have had a “belt-like” object around his waist.

The police said in a statement posted to Twitter that they had responded to an incident in Albertslund in which “a man has been arrested after attempted escape” but did not name Mr. Madsen. A short time later, the police said that the person had been removed from the scene. The state broadcaster, DR, said the police had confirmed the escaped prisoner was Mr. Madsen.

The police also said that investigators were on site and that the area had been cordoned off.

Mr. Madsen was able to escape by taking a female prison psychologist hostage, the chairman of the prison workers’ union, Bo Yde Sorensen, told Ekstra Bladet, adding that he had been brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

“The weapon was so lifelike that prison guards at the gate didn’t take any chances in relation to the hostage,” Mr. Sorensen told the newspaper. Mr. Madsen’s actions were deemed a danger to the prison worker’s life, prompting a decision to let him out of the gate, he said.

“It’s a decision I support,” he said. “We don’t want to risk anybody getting killed — we have to find people afterward.”

Guards followed Mr. Madsen as he fled, but stepped back when he threatened them, the news outlet reported, before eventually taking him into custody.

Kirsten Schlichting, 78, who lives and works near the prison, spoke with TV 2, a national news network, and described a heavy police presence as officers tried to apprehend Mr. Madsen.

“The only thing I’m worried about is the school which is also close by, but I don’t know if there are students there,” Ms. Schlichting said. “But I’m not afraid. There’s lots of police watching out.”

Mr. Madsen was found guilty of the premeditated killing — equivalent to a murder conviction — of the journalist Kim Wall in 2018 and sentenced to life in prison. A life sentence is rare in Denmark, even in murder cases, but Ms. Wall’s grisly death horrified the nation, and the brutality of the crime made Mr. Madsen’s trial one of the most closely watched in Scandinavian history.

Ms. Wall, 30, disappeared after meeting Mr. Madsen for an interview aboard his homemade submarine in August 2017. Her body was later discovered dismembered, and Mr. Madsen was soon arrested and charged with her killing.

Mr. Madsen initially offered a series of shifting explanations about Ms. Wall’s whereabouts, before admitting to dismembering her body and tossing body parts overboard. But he denied killing her.

Ms. Wall, a freelance journalist who had written for international outlets including The New York Times, graduated from the London School of Economics and received two master’s degrees from Columbia University. She reported from Uganda, Sri Lanka and Cuba, and died only miles from Trelleborg, Sweden, where she grew up.

“Kim wanted to give a voice to people who didn’t have one,” Joachim Wall, her father, said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “She was always looking for the story behind the story.”

A television drama based on the police investigation of her killing premiered in Denmark last month.

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Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen caught after short prison escape

A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine has been caught after breaking out of the Copenhagen jail where he is serving a life sentence.

Peter Madsen, who was convicted of killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in 2017, was caught by Danish authorities just outside the capital a short time after his escape.

Footage released by the Ekstra Bladet tabloid showed a man resembling Peter Madsen sitting up against a fence surrounded by police at a distance.

The newspaper said Madsen had a “belt-like object around his abdomen”.

In 2018, Madsen was sentenced in the Copenhagen City Court to life in prison for killing Ms Wall, a 30-year-old reporter from Sweden, who he lured aboard his homemade submarine in 2017 with the promise of an interview.

Madsen was found guilty of murdering Ms Wall and given a life sentence.(AP: Tom Wall)

He dismembered Ms Wall’s body and dumped it at sea.

Madsen lost his appeal, shortly after apologising to Ms Wall’s family, who were present in the appeals court. The sensational case has gripped Scandinavia.

Madsen has denied murdering Ms Wall. He claims she died accidentally inside the submarine but he has confessed to throwing her body parts into the Baltic Sea.

Life sentences in Denmark usually mean 16 years in prison, but convicts are reassessed to determine whether they would pose a danger to society if released and can be kept longer.

A submarine on the surface with  man standing in the conning tower
Madsen killed Ms Wall on his homemade submarine.(Wikipedia Commons: Frumperino)


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Submarine murderer Peter Madsen surrounded by armed officers after escaping Danish prison

The convicted murderer escaped jail on Tuesday morning

Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen has been seized by police on a street in central Copenhagen, after an audacious jail-break on Tuesday morning.

The 49-year-old escaped before 10am, and was on the loose for more than two hours, although he only made it about 500m from prison before he was surrounded by police. 

“The arrest operation on Nyvej is over, and an arrested person has been driven away from the scene,” police in Copenhagen said on Twitter shortly after 1pm. They said they would give further details at a press conference this afternoon.

According to the BT tabloid, the killer took a hostage in the prison who he threatened with a pistol-like object, who was reported to have been a psychologist. 

He was then seized less than a kilometre from the prison by a squad of specialist armed police officers, after a long stand-off during which he reportedly claimed to be carrying a bomb. He has now been driven back to the prison by police. 

Madsen repeatedly lied to police about what happened to Wall - Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS
Madsen repeatedly lied to police about what happened to Wall – Scanpix Denmark/Bax Lindhardt/via REUTERS

“We are currently working on Nyvej in Albertslund, where a man has been arrested after an attempted escape,” the police wrote on Twitter at 11.20am local time.

“We have investigations ongoing at the site, which has been cordoned off.” But according to the BT tabloid Madsen had yet to be seized at midday, and was instead surrounded by armed police. Bomb technicians were also on the scene.

Madsen was convicted in April 2018 of murdering the 30-year-old journalist Kim Wall as she interviewed him on board his submarine in August 2017.

In a documentary that aired in September, he confessed for the first time to the killing, after having insisted during the trial that her death was an accident.

Kim Wall was murdered by Madsen after she boarded his submarine - TT NEWS AGENCY/Tom Wall Handout via REUTERS
Kim Wall was murdered by Madsen after she boarded his submarine – TT NEWS AGENCY/Tom Wall Handout via REUTERS

“There is only one who is guilty, and that is me,” Madsen said in the documentary.

In a case that made headlines around the world, Madsen had however admitted to the court that he chopped up her corpse and threw her body parts into the sea.

Before the murder, Madsen, who described himself as an artist and inventor, had made a name for himself in Denmark and internationally both for his series of self-built submarines, and for his plan to send himself into space on a self-built rocket.  

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Peter Madsen: Police surround Danish inventor who killed journalist after prison escape attempt | World News

A convicted murderer, who killed a journalist on board his submarine, has been has been surrounded by police after trying to escape prison.

Peter Madsen, 49, reportedly tried to flee Herstedvester Prison, where he is serving a life sentence for the murder of Kim Wall in 2017.

Danish police have said a man has been arrested after an attempted escape and the area has been cordoned off.

Emergency services at the scene. Pic: TV2.DK

Police officers are seen as Peter Madsen (not pictued) is surrounded by the police in Albertslund, Denmark October 20, 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Nils Meilvang via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
The situation appears to be ongoing

Photos from the scene in Albertslund, Copenhagen, show Madsen sitting against a fence surrounded by armed police.

Two officers lie on their stomachs on the ground in front of him and it looks like he is wearing a belt-like object around his stomach.

Madsen had threatened prison guards with a “pistol-like object” and also claimed to have a bomb, according to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

It appears the situation is ongoing and police and bomb experts are at the scene.

The latest pictures from the scene, which is a few hundred metres from the prison, show vehicles attempting to block the situation from view.

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