A Danish inventor tied up a journalist with her own stockings and then impaled her before murdering her on a submarine, a court heard.
Peter Madsen, 47, faces life in prison if he is found guilty of the murder of Kim Wall, with the verdict set to be delivered at Copenhagen City Court on Wednesday.
Ms Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist who wrote for The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications, went to interview Madsen on the submarine on August 10.
But she never returned and her remains were found in plastic bags on the Baltic Sea bed weeks later.
An autopsy concluded her torso had been stabbed multiple times but the exact cause of her death was not established.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said Ms Wall may have been tied with her own stockings before Madsen impaled her, and that he acted with a sexual motive.
He also accused the suspect of either cutting her throat or strangling her.
Mr Buch-Jepsen demanded Madsen be given life in prison â 16 years in Denmark, which could be extended if necessary â or locked up in a secure mental facility for as long as heâs considered a danger to others.
He warned Madsen could commit the same kind of crime again and argued he was not insane but ’emotionally impaired with severe lack of empathy, anger and guilt.â
Madsen, co-founder of a company that develops and builds manned spacecraft, has said the journalistâs death was accidental and it was caused by a pressure problem in the home-made submarine.
But the prosecution said today forensic experts found no evidence of a problem on the vessel.
Madsen told the court he had dismembered Ms Wallâs body before he ‘buried her at seaâ because he could not lift it up the submarine tower and throw it over board.
Defence lawyer Betina Hald Engmark has asked for her client to be sentenced for only cutting up the body, which would mean he would spend around six months in jail.
The 12-day trial started March 8.
Ms Wallâs parents were among those in attendance.