Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The German man who allegedly strangled his British millionaire heiress girlfriend to death during a sex game gone wrong at a Swiss hotel has been formally charged with murder.
Anna Florence Reed, 22, from North Yorkshire, was found dead at Hotel La Palma au Lac, a four-star lakeside hotel in Locarno, in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland in April.
The public prosecutor in Tessin has now confirmed that her bouncer boyfriend Dirk W., 29, will face murder charges in court as well as manslaughter and embezzlement charges.
The court also ordered the German be further remanded in custody.
After the incident, Dirk W. reportedly told the hotel reception his girlfriend was not feeling well. Police later found her lifeless body in the bathroom.
The post mortem showed the young woman was strangled to death. Dirk W. was arrested, but reportedly told police that it was a tragic sex accident, saying he had accidentally strangled the victim with a towel.
Five months after her death, her credit card was found in a lift, and Dirk W. reportedly later admitted leaving it there. Prosecutors are investigating whether Dirk W. intended to steal money from the millionaire. Dirk W. claims he took the credit card for a bit of fun as she always complained about paying all the bills.
On 12th April a spokesman for the cantonal police said: “A 29-year-old German citizen was arrested on 9th April. Today he has been formally accused of intentional murder with the possibility of the lesser charge of involuntary homicide after the investigation, which is ongoing.
“The autopsy has been carried out but the conclusion has not yet reached the Public Ministry.”
The case is ongoing.
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