Inventor Peter Madsen was formally charged with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, a Danish prosecutor announced Tuesday, saying Madsen either cut Wall’s throat or strangled her.
Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said Tuesday the case is “very unusual and extremely gross,” according to the Associated Press.
Madsen, 47, is charged with murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse for the way he disposed of Wall’s body. He is also charged with having sexual relations with Wall of “particularly dangerous nature.”
The charges were made public by the Danish prosecution authority.
Buch-Jepsen said the killing was premeditated and prosecutors will urge that Madsen be sentenced to life in prison. Simultaneously, there is a secondary claim to put him in a secure mental facility if deemed necessary by psychiatrists for as long as he’s considered sick and dangerous to others.
Madsen and Wall had gone on a trip in Madsen’s submarine on Aug. 10. Wall, who was working on a story about Madsen, was last seen aboard the vessel as it left Copenhagen. The next day, Madsen — an entrepreneur who once dreamed of launching a manned space mission — was rescued from the sinking submarine without Wall.