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The defendant (l) sitting in a courtroom holding cardboard in front of his face as the trial began in August 2021 Alamy Stock Photo
Stefan R

Berlin court sentences former teacher to life for murdering man as part of cannibal fantasy

Stefan R was silent as the trial began but spoke during proceedings to reject the accusations.

A BERLIN COURT has found a former teacher guilty for murdering a man as part of a cannibal fantasy after meeting him online, sentencing him to life in prison.

The presiding judge noted the acute severity of the crime committed by Stefan R, who was convicted for murder and desecrating the victim’s corpse.

The judge said in court today the killing was carried out by Stefan R “to realise his cannibalistic fantasies”.

According to prosecutors, 42-year-old Stefan R made contact with the victim via a dating app before luring him to his house.

Once there, the victim was sedated with drugs before his throat was slit and his genitalia cut off to be eaten.

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

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

Police identified the remains as those of 43-year-old missing Berliner, Stefan T.

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

Stefan R was silent as the trial began but spoke during proceedings to reject the accusations.

The case recalls that of Detlev Guenzel, a German ex-police officer convicted of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists and chopping him up in an S&M chamber.

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

© AFP 2022