A German man who carried out a murder with “cannibalistic motives” has been sentenced to life in prison by a Berlin regional court.
Stefan R, 42-year-old teacher, was also found guilty of and sentenced for disturbing the peace of the dead, following the killing of a 43-year-old man in the defendant’s apartment in September 2020, the court said.
The court said Stefan R had killed his victim to “obtain sexual gratification” through the act and the intention to consume parts of the corpse afterward.
According to the court’s findings, the two men had arranged to meet up at the defendant’s Berlin apartment after coming into contact on an online dating platform.
At the apartment, Stefan R is said to have sedated the victim, killed him and then severed his genitals in order to eat them.
Reports say Stefan R “lured the man into a trap,” had repeatedly raised the topic of cannibalism in conversations with other sexual partners, and “wanted to live out his fantasies.”
The defendant is also said to have dismembered the victim’s body and deposited the parts around Pankow, a borough in the German capital.
The verdict is not final and can still be appealed.
This is not the first time Germany has been rocked by a cannibalism case. In 2006, Armin Meiwes was convicted of murdering and eating a man he had met online after posting an advert looking for someone willing to be consumed and eaten.
In 2015, a German police officer was convicted of murdering and butchering a man he had met on an online cannibalism forum.