German cannibal 'just did as he was told': lawyer

14th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 April 2005, KARLSRUHE - Armin Meiwes, 43, the German cannibal serving an eight-and-a-half-year term for manslaughter, was "just doing as he was told" when he chopped up an acquaintance and ate him, a defence lawyer insisted on Wednesday to an appeals court.

14 April 2005

KARLSRUHE - Armin Meiwes, 43, the German cannibal serving an eight-and-a-half-year term for manslaughter, was "just doing as he was told" when he chopped up an acquaintance and ate him, a defence lawyer insisted on Wednesday to an appeals court.

The Federal High Court in Karlsruhe is to issue a verdict 22 April after a day of hearing both sides. Prosecutors complained that Meiwes should have been convicted of murder, while a Meiwes lawyer said the introverted computer programmer should receive a lighter sentence.

The appeals court only heard legal arguments, not new evidence, but both sides called for a re-trial in a lower-level court.

The evidence showed Meiwes, who admitted to fantasies since he was a child about eating people, made contact via the internet with a Berlin man excited by the idea of being eaten.

With a video camera running, Meiwes slaughtered him in a decaying manor house in the small town of Rotenburg in March 2001.

Prosecutor Lothar Senge said killing for sexual gratification was "as morally low as one can go" and therefore murder.

Defence lawyer Harald Ermel said the victim's human rights had not been breached because "he renounced them". Meiwes had just been a "fulfiller of wishes". Ermel added, "He was always just doing as he was told by other people."

DPA

Subject: German news

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