September 26, 2018 / 1:29 PM / a month ago

Danish court says inventor must serve life sentence for submarine murder of journalist

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish inventor must serve his life sentence for murdering and dismembering a Swedish journalist on board his home-made submarine, the Eastern High Court ruled on Wednesday.

Peter Madsen's defender, lawyer Betina Hald Engmark, speaks to the media after the Eastern High Court gave Madsen a life sentence for the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, in Copenhagen, Denmark September 26, 2018. Ritzau Scanpix/Liselotte Sabroe via REUTERS

Peter Madsen was found guilty in April of murdering and mutilating 30-year-old Kim Wall on the craft in Copenhagen harbor in 2017.

He had not appealed against the conviction, therefore the Eastern High Court only ruled on the decision to give him a life sentence - which typically lasts for around 15 years in Denmark.

Wall was interviewing Madsen for the U.S. magazine Wired on the inventor’s race against another Danish group to be the first to send a person into space in a home-made rocket, her boyfriend said during the April trial.

Reporting by Emil Gjerding Nielson; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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