German cannibal says victim begged to be killed

16th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 January 2006, FRANKFURT - The cannibal of Rotenburg, a German who admits killing and eating a man five years ago, told a trial court Monday that the victim had begged him for weeks to be slaughtered.

16 January 2006

FRANKFURT - The cannibal of Rotenburg, a German who admits killing and eating a man five years ago, told a trial court Monday that the victim had begged him for weeks to be slaughtered.

"I did want to eat him, but I didn't want to kill him," said Armin Meiwes, 44, at a re-trial in Frankfurt where prosecutors are seeking to upgrade his manslaughter conviction with eight and a half years jail into a murder verdict and life imprisonment.

Meiwes said he had been hoping that Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, would "die all by himself" from having his penis cut off, or maybe would "jump out the window".

Describing to court how he had met the Berlin engineer via the internet after advertising for a "slaughter victim", he said Brandes had repeatedly told him he must really carry out his intention.

Brandes had written in one mail, "I hope you are taking this seriously, because I really want it." According to Meiwes, the two homosexual men met for the first time when Brandes arrived on March 9, 2000 at the railway station in Kassel near Meiwes' country home.

He said Brandes' instructions were that he was to be killed once he became unconscious. The defendant said he had prayed for God's forgiveness for himself and his victim just before cutting Brandes' throat that evening.

DPA

Subject: German news

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