Peter Madsen has today been found guilty of the premeditated murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his submarine on August 10 previous year.
Prosecutors had said that during a trip on his private submarine, Madsen, 47, either strangled or cut Wall's throat before severing her body and tossing it into the sea.
Wall, 30, who wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications, set out on the submarine on a sunny August evening previous year to interview Madsen, the co-founder of a company that develops and builds manned spacecraft. Parts of Wall's body were recovered after Madsen claimed he "buried her at sea".
Madsen was found guilty on all three charges he faced: premeditated murder, the indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly unsafe nature", evidenced by stab wounds inside and outside Wall's genital area.
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This file photo taken on August 13, 2017 shows police technicians investigating the rescued private owned submarine UC3 Nautilus, in Copenhagen Habour.
A life sentence is the harshest penalty in Denmark and is normally reserved for people convicted of more than one murder.
While the judge handed down a life sentence, the AP reports that in Denmark life equates to 16 years, which can be extended if necessary. No sign of Wall was found until some of her remains washed ashore.
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"Prosecutors have said they do not know exactly how Wall did die, but that the murder seemed to be premeditated judging from the range of unusual instruments found on board".
What do you do when you have a big problem? he told the court.
Kim Wall was a freelance journalist with a bright future.
She said Madsen did not give "a trustworthy" explanation.
"I'm really, really sorry for what happened", he told the court after the two sides presented their closing arguments on Monday.
The charges against Madsen, 47, included murder, indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly unsafe nature".
During the sentencing at a court in Copenhagen Wednesday, the judge, Anette Burkoe, described the crime as "a cynical and planned sexual murder of a severe brutal nature against a random woman".
"He tried to create the flawless crime", Buch-Jepsen told the court.