Danish prosecutors have charged inventor Peter Madsen with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his homebuilt submarine.
Madsen will face life in prison for what police say was a premeditated murder.
- Madsen charged with murder and dismembering along with sexual assault
- Journalist Wall went missing while doing a story on entrepreneur Madsen in August 2017
- Prosecutors seeking life sentence — typically 15 years without parole in Denmark
Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist who was researching a story on the entrepreneur and aerospace engineer, went missing after Mr Madsen took her out to sea in his 17-metre submarine in August last year.
Later that month, police identified a headless female torso washed ashore in Copenhagen as that of Wall, but the cause of death has not yet been established.
Mr Madsen has been charged with the murder and dismemberment of Wall along with a charge of sexual assault without intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature, police said on Tuesday (local time).
Police said in October investigators had found 14 interior and exterior stab wounds to the journalist's genitals.
They said she had been killed possibly by being strangled or having her throat cut.
Madsen has admitted to dismembering Wall on board his submarine and dumping her body parts in the sea, but he denies murdering or sexually assaulting her.
A police statement said that, according to the prosecution's indictment, the murder had taken place "with prior planning and preparation".
"This is a very unusual and extremely brutal case which has had tragic consequences for Kim Wall and her relatives," said Special Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen, according to the statement.
Madsen facing indefinite imprisonment
Prosecutors would ask for a life sentence to be passed on Mr Madsen, which in Denmark is typically around 15 years without parole.
They also called for him to be held in "safe custody", which can imply indefinite imprisonment.
The prosecutor also sought the confiscation and destruction of Mr Madsen's submarine, one of three the inventor built and one of the largest privately built in the world.
It can carry eight people and weighs 40 tonnes fully equipped.
The prosecutor has asked for Mr Madsen to be held in custody until his trial begins on March 8.
On October 5, police said they found images "which we presume to be real" of women being strangled and decapitated on the hard drive on Mr Madsen's computer in a laboratory he ran.