COPENHAGEN - Sentenced to life in prison for the murder of journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine in August 2017, Danish inventor Peter Madsen is hoping to get his jail term reduced when his appeals case opens on Wednesday (Sept 5).
The Copenhagen High Court has set aside three days for the hearings on September 5, 12 and 14.
"The appeals case is only about the sentencing. The trial does not deal with questions of guilt," High Court spokesman Karen Hald told AFP.
Madsen appealed against his sentence only, and not the guilty verdict handed down by a Copenhagen district court on April 25 for murdering 30-year-old Wall, chopping up her corpse and throwing her body parts into the sea last year.
The grisly case made headlines worldwide, all the more shocking as it took place in one of the safest countries in the world, according to a report from the independent organisation Institute for Economics & Peace.
On Aug 10, 2017, Ms Wall boarded the submarine with the eccentric and self-taught engineer - a semi-celebrity in Denmark - to interview him for an article she was writing.