The Danish inventor accused of murdering journalist Kim Wall as admitted to dismembering her body on board his submarine in August, but still denies killing her.
Peter Madsen now claims she died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine, while he was on the deck of the vessel.
He had previously claimed she died when she hit her head on a hatch (and before that, had claimed he’d dropped her off on land). However, this theory was disproven when divers recovered parts of her body and found no signs of fracture to her head.
“He has now explained that Kim Wall died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine at a time when he was on deck,” police said. “Furthermore, Madsen has admitted that he later dismembered her corpse and spread the body parts in Koge Bay [off Copenhagen].”
Danish police said they would now extend the charges against Madsen to include sexual assault without intercourse, based on 14 stab woulds to the interior and exterior of her genitals.
He has also been charged with murder and mutilation of Wall’s body.
Earlier this month, it was reported that international police were testing Madsen’s DNA in relation to numerous unsolved killings across Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
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Image: AAP / Tom Wall