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'Suicidal' Danish submarine owner says journalist killed by hatch cover

'Suicidal' Danish submarine owner says journalist killed by hatch coverBy Julie Astrid Thomsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Swedish journalist Kim Wall died when she was accidentally hit by a heavy hatch cover on board a home-made submarine, the Danish owner of the vessel testified in court on Tuesday. Peter Madsen, who denies killing Wall, said he was holding the hatch for her but it slipped and hit her head as they sailed in the strait between Denmark and Sweden last month on the UC3 Nautilus submarine he had built. Madsen, 46, was speaking in court after being charged with killing the Swedish journalist on the submarine and mutilating her body — a case bearing many of the attributes of the region’s popular Nordic Noir books and films.



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Journalist Kim Wall Died After Submarine Hatch Hit Her, Peter Madsen Says

Journalist Kim Wall Died After Submarine Hatch Hit Her, Peter Madsen SaysThe Danish inventor said the 15-pound submarine hatch accidentally hit her in the head when he slipped.



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Danish submarine owner claims journalist Kim Wall died when she was hit by hatch cover

Danish submarine owner claims journalist Kim Wall died when she was hit by hatch coverDanish artist and inventor Peter Madsen has told a court that he disposed of the body of journalist Kim Wall in a state of “suicidal psychosis”, after a heavy hatch to the command tower in his home-built submarine UC3 Nautilus dropped onto her head and killed her. In his first public statement since Wall's torso was discovered on August 21, Madsen denied cutting off the 30-year-old’s head, arms and legs, but admitted to weighing down her body by tying weights around her waist. Asked why he had not contacted the authorities as soon as the accident happened, he claimed that he had not been thinking rationally. Swedish journalist Kim Wall  Credit: REUTERS “I’m in a suicidal psychosis and I’m not planning to do anything else in this world other than to go down and sink the Nautilus,” Madsen said after appearing in court wearing a green boiler suit and Converse boots. “The world, which I existed in, which is my life and everything I am, that is in the same state as Kim. It dies. I have nothing left and there’s nothing more I have to do. So everything that’s happening loses its meaning.” Prosecutor Jacob Buch-Jepsen said that there were inconsistencies in Madsen’s story, telling the court that police had found blood and a pair of tights at the spot where Madsen said Wall had fallen, hair and blood in the toilet of the submarine, and a pair of knickers in the engine room. The prosecution hinted at the possibility that Wall died in a sex crime. Madsen, who is married, insisted there was no sexual relationship between him and Wall, and their contacts had been purely professional. The self-taught engineer told the court he and his wife have an open marriage. The prosecution on Tuesday cited witnesses who claimed Madsen watched beheading videos, practiced asphyxiation sex and was fascinated by death and sex Crowds of journalists, most from Denmark and Wall’s home country of Sweden, but also from France, England, Norway and Japan, gathered at Copenhagen District Court to hear Madsen’s statement, despite a continued call from Mr Buch-Jepsen for it to be held behind closed doors. Mr Buch-Jepsen argued that as Wall’s head, arms and legs had yet to be found, and as hundreds of people had come forward as potential witnesses, there were still too many uncertainties for details of the case to be made public. Police technicians on board the home-made submarine  Credit: Mogens Flindt/Ritzau Foto, File via AP But after representations from Madsen’s defence lawyer Betina Hald Engberg and the media, Judge Annette Burkø ruled that the the hearing be held in open court. Madsen told the court that after Wall’s head was hit by the 70kg hatch, she had fallen down the shaft leading up to the command tower of his homebuilt submarine and died less than a minute afterwards. “If I had been able to hold my footing, we would not be sitting here today. The latch was moving and I could not hold onto it,” said Madsen. “That's why we are here today.” Wall’s torso was discovered with its head, arms and legs removed, floating off the coast of a Copenhagen suburb on August 21, ten days after the Swedish journalist had set off with Madsen in his submarine. The journalist was from Trelleborg in nearby southern Sweden but had recently been living in New York. She had been planning to write a magazine feature on Madsen, an artist.  Rescuers found Madsen standing in the tower of the sunken Nautilus on the same day that Wall’s boyfriend raised the alarm about her disappearance. He claimed to have dropped her off on an island in Copenhagen’s harbour on Thursday evening, although he later told police that he had “buried Wall at sea” after she died on board. Madsen initially claimed his submarine had suffered a problem with a ballast tank that “turned into a major issue”. The forensic investigation showed that the submarine had been deliberately scuttled. In the court, Madsen claimed that he had lied about Wall's disappearance in order to buy time to say goodbye to his wife. "I just wanted to have five minutes to say goodbye," he said. 



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Delta Air Lines: Flight attendant breaks two wine bottles on man's head as he fights to open hatch, court documents reveal

Delta Air Lines: Flight attendant breaks two wine bottles on man's head as he fights to open hatch, court documents revealA flight attendant was forced to break two wine bottles over the head of a passenger who tried to open the plane’s exit door thousands of feet over the ocean, court documents have revealed. The steward broke the first bottle over the head of Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, who had lunged for the door and fought with other passengers during a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing.



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Trump's Social Media Director Violated The Hatch Act, Office Of Special Counsel Finds

Trump's Social Media Director Violated The Hatch Act, Office Of Special Counsel FindsWhite House social media director Dan Scavino violated the Hatch Act when he tweeted at Trump supporters in April that they should help defeat Republican Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) in a primary, according to a letter this week from the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency.



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McCaskill rips Hatch on ‘back room’ health care bill

McCaskill rips Hatch on ‘back room’ health care billMcCaskill is unhappy about Republican plans to fast-track the Senate’s version of the Obamacare repeal bill without Democratic involvement or public hearings.



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