Danish inventor Peter Madsen charged in death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall

A combination picture showing Swedish journalist Kim Wall (left) and Danish inventor Peter Madsen (right).

A Danish prosecutor says inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, saying he either cut her throat or strangled her.

Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said on Tuesday the case is very unusual and extremely gross.

Madsen is charged with murder as well as indecent handling of a corpse for disposing of Wall’s body.

Madsen claims Wall died accidentally inside the submarine while he was on deck during the excursion in August. However, he has admitted throwing her body parts into the sea.

The start of the trial has been set for March 8. A verdict is expected April 25.

In November, divers found a right arm in the sea south of the Danish capital that is believed to have been Wall’s.

Police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said it was found over half a mile from where Wall’s decapitated head and legs were discovered in plastic bags the previous month.

He said it was held down in the same way as a left arm found nearby, involving plastic strips and pieces of pipes.

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