German teacher convicted of “cannibalistic fantasy” homicide

A Berlin teacher was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing another man. The judge described the man as part of a “cannibalistic fantasy.”

BERLIN-On Friday, a Berlin teacher was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of another man. The judge described this as part of a “cannibalistic fantasy.”

The 42-year-old man was only identified as Stefan R. under German privacy regulations, and he was tried in the Berlin State Court in August.

According to the news agency dpa, the trial judge Matthias Schertz stated that the defendant killed a 43-year-old mechanic in September 2020 “in order to realize his cannibalism”.

“What you did is inhumane,” the judge said.

According to the regional broadcaster RBB, he was also convicted of disturbing the peace of the deceased.

According to investigators, the two men met on a dating portal and agreed to have sex in a teacher’s apartment in the German capital.

The defendant allegedly shredded the body of another man and then scattered parts of the body in different neighborhoods of the city.

Before the bones were found in the Berlin forest, the police spent weeks searching for the missing mechanic.

The court found that the defendant was “particularly serious” responsible, which meant that he would not be entitled to automatic parole in accordance with German practice after 15 years. He disputed the charges, and the defense demanded his acquittal.

This case is not the first case involving cannibalism or fantasies in Germany.

In 2006, a German court ruled that Armin Meiwes murdered and disturbed the peace of the deceased because he killed and ate a person he knew online. Meiwes is currently serving a life sentence.

A German police officer was convicted of murder in 2015 for killing a man he met on an online chat forum devoted to cannibalism. The prosecutor said that the victim had fantasized about being eaten, but there was no evidence that the suspect did so.