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German teacher met man online and chopped up his body as ‘cannibalistic fantasy’

The case first came to light in November 2020, after human bones were found in a park

Frankfurt:

A Berlin court found a former teacher guilty of murdering a man and cutting his body as part of a cannibalistic fantasy on Friday after meeting him online, sentencing him to life in prison.

President Matthias Schertz has declared that Stefan R. committed the crime “to fulfill his cannibalistic fantasies”, describing him as “inhuman”.

In 30 years as a judge, “nothing like this has come to my desk before,” he said.

The accused, who was also convicted of desecrating a dead body, remained silent and expressionless as the verdict was read in court.

According to prosecutors, Stefan R., 42, contacted the victim through a dating app before luring him to his home.

Once there, the victim was sedated with medication before his throat was slit and his genitals cut for eating.

The corpse was then cut into pieces and scattered around the northeastern Pankow district of Berlin.

The case first came to light in November 2020, after the discovery of human bones in a neighborhood park.

Police identified the remains as those of Berliner Stefan T.

Using the victim’s phone records, investigators were taken to the murderer’s address, where they found traces of blood, other remains and a set of suspicious work tools.

Stefan R.’s lawyers argued that the victim died of natural causes at his home, and he cut up and dumped the body because he was afraid people would find out about his homosexuality.

But Judge Schertz said this version of events was “incredible from start to finish,” noting the “very careful separation of the testicles and the penis” as evidence of a cannibalistic ritual.

The case is reminiscent of Detlev Guenzel, a former German police officer convicted of murdering a consenting victim he met on a cannibalism fetishist website and cutting him up in an S&M room.

Guenzel, 58, had cut the body into small pieces in a slaughterhouse he had built in his cellar before burying them in his garden. There was no evidence that he ate any part of his victim.

In another case that shocked Germany, Armin Meiwes, nicknamed the “cannibal of Rotenburg”, was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 for killing and partially consuming a consenting victim.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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