Danish murderer who killed journalist on board home-made submarine is apprehended ‘after escaping prison by threatening guards with a fake bomb’
- Peter Madsen staged a dramatic escape from prison in Denmark this morning
- He was apprehended and surrounded by police on a roadside near the prison
- Madsen was jailed for life in 2018 for the gory murder of journalist Kim Wall
The Danish murderer who killed a journalist on his submarine was apprehended after trying to escape from prison today, local media says.
Peter Madsen threatened guards by claiming he was carrying a bomb during his escape attempt this morning.
He was later seen sitting upright by a roadside surrounded by a massive police presence a few hundred yards from the prison in Albertslund.
Snipers had their guns trained on Madsen during the stand-off on the cordoned-off street while police negotiators arrived to speak to the 49-year-old killer.
Peter Madsen sits by a roadside surrounded by a massive police presence a few hundred yards from the prison he tried to escape from in Denmark today
Danish inventor Peter Madsen (left) was jailed in 2018 for the gory murder of journalist Kim Wall (right) on his submarine in a Copenhagen harbour
Danish armed guards on the scene today after Peter Madsen dramatically tried to escape from his life sentence for the 2017 submarine murder
Police confirmed that a man had been stopped after attempting to escape’ without giving Madsen’s name.
According to Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet, Madsen has previously been kept in isolation because guards suspected he would try to escape.
Madsen was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for the gory murder of journalist Kim Wall who was sexually assaulted and dismembered in a Copenhagen harbour.
Wall’s mutilated body was found in August 2017 after she boarded his home-made sub to research a piece on the eccentric inventor.
Madsen changed his version of events several times, eventually arguing that Wall had been suffocated by an accidental gas leak.
But forensic tests found that she had either been strangled or had her throat cut – and that around the time of her death, Madsen had stabbed her in her breasts and genitals with a knife or screwdriver.
A police prosecutor said images of women being strangled and decapitated, ‘which we presumed to be real’, had been found on Madsen’s computer in a laboratory.
More to follow.
The home-made submarine ‘UC3 Nautilus’, which was built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen and is where he killed Kim Wall in 2017