Teacher faces trial in German cannibalism case
A German suspected of killing another man for sexual gratification and eating parts of the victim’s body has been tried in Berlin.
The 41-year-old teacher is accused of meeting a 43-year-old mechanic on an online dating site hours before the murder, German news agency dpa reported.
None of their names have been released for confidentiality reasons.
Prosecutors said there was no indication the victim agreed to be killed.
After the murder last September, the accused allegedly cut up the man’s body in his apartment in the Berlin-Pankow district and then spread parts of it to different parts of the city, dpa reported.
Police searched for the missing man for weeks before bones were found in a forest in northern Berlin and the accused was found with the help of sniffer dogs.
The trial in a Berlin state court is expected to last until mid-October.
In 2006, a German court convicted Armin Meiwes of murder and disturbing the peace for killing and eating a man he had met online. Meiwes is serving a life sentence.
In 2015, a German policeman was convicted of murder for killing a man he met in an internet discussion forum devoted to cannibalism.
Prosecutors said the victim fantasized about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect did.