German teacher stands trial for ‘sado-cannibalism’

The victim and his alleged assailant met on a dating site before the murder last September.

The trial of a male German teacher accused of killing another man and eating parts of his torso for sexual gratification has begun in Berlin today.

The 41-year-old defendant is said to have met the victim, a 43-year-old electrician, through an online dating website, and, in what prosecutors describe as sado-cannibalism, dissected the man’s body, eating some parts and leaving other parts around Berlin.

A leg of the victim was found two months after the attack in a forest outside the city by walkers, with police then upgrading the investigation from a missing person case to suspected murder.

The suspect, who police say frequented cannibalism forums online, was eventually apprehended by police when internet searches revealed that the pair had met in person.

Privacy laws have prevented both the victim and defendant from being named, with the latter being referred to only as Stefan R.

Prosecutors insist there is no evidence indicating the victim, known as Stefan T, consented to the killing.

Knives and saws with traces of blood are said to have been found at the defendant’s apartment, in a case that is eerily similar to the 2006 trial of Armin Meiwes, known as the “Cannibal of Rotenburg” who also killed and ate a man he had met online.

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