Teacher accused of killing and eating mechanic goes on trial in Germany
A 41-year-old teacher who is accused of having killed another man and eaten pieces of the victim’s body has gone on trial in Germany’s capital.
Prosecutors say the man on trial met his victim, a 43-year-old mechanic, on an online dating site a few hours before the September killing, the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported. They said there was no indication the victim had agreed to be killed.
Neither of the men’s names was released, for privacy reasons.
The suspect allegedly chopped up the man’s body in his Berlin flat and then spread parts of it in different neighbourhoods of the city, DPA reported.
Police spent weeks looking for the missing mechanic before some bones were found in a forest in northern Berlin and a suspect was tracked down with the help of search dogs.
The trial at a Berlin state court, which is expected to last until mid-October, is not the first of its kind in Germany.
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.
A German police officer was convicted of murder in 2015 for killing a man he met in an internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism. Prosecutors said the victim had fantasised about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually did so.