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Man who cooked dead lover's head faces jail

Published: 08 Dec 2012 10:53 GMT+01:00

Berlin regional court convicted the 44-year-old unemployed defendant of grievous bodily harm resulting in death after an erotic game with his friend went horribly wrong.

The convicted man, who was not identified, met the dead man, who worked in a bank, on the internet. On January 5, he tied the man to his bed and with his consent taped his mouth and nose shut.

After realising the 37-year-old had died, he dismembered him and cooked his arms and head.

Police found the body parts when they arrived at the flat a couple of weeks later. The man answered the door covered in blood after a suicide attempt and told them he had killed his friend.

Judge Peter Faust said both men had a fetish for sadomasochistic sex and that the defendant had no murder motive as the two men "liked each other".

Faust noted that the two had had similar sex just days beforehand, during which the man who later died had lost consciousness. The defendant also said he had had similar encounters with several other partners.

Faust handed down a jail term of three years and three months after the trial, at which the defendant did not testify. Prosecutors had called for a life sentence.

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Your comments about this article

13:31 December 8, 2012 by Dayzee
Wow, 3 whole years in jail! That'll teach him not to eat his lovers
14:10 December 8, 2012 by apple.kiddo
Only 3 years in Jail. This would teach him or others nothing !
18:36 December 8, 2012 by qtmatt
Luckily for the cannibalistic defendant the Judge was more insane than he was.
19:56 December 8, 2012 by raandy
This guy is way out there, keep him out of society permanently , , involved with sadomasochistic sex, puts him out there enough ,THEN he kills the guy and cooks his head, and in 3 years he is back,,scary .
04:57 December 9, 2012 by Bumps
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15:23 December 9, 2012 by auslanderus
The German court system really is sick. Three years for murdering a human being.It does not matter if he was a lover......murder is murder. Judges wake up and do your job right. Eye for an eye and be done with it.
10:52 December 10, 2012 by LecteurX
@ Bumps - Homosexual marriage is not legal in Germany. However, interracial marriage is. Therefore, you should rather blame the abomination of interracial marriage for being the root cause of this terrible incident. D'uh.
12:48 December 10, 2012 by Bumps
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