Murder victim dismembered,'not cannibalised'

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8 October 2004, BERLIN - Police in Berlin have issued a murder arrest warrant against a man who allegedly killed and dismembered his gay lover, but they discounted media speculation of cannibalism. "At this point in the investigation we have no evidence that would lead us to believe the victim was cannibalised," said Berlin police spokesman Frank Thiel. The mutilated remains of a 33-year-old piano teacher were found in the 41-year-old suspect's apartment in the city's troubled Neukoelln district. He report

8 October 2004

BERLIN - Police in Berlin have issued a murder arrest warrant against a man who allegedly killed and dismembered his gay lover, but they discounted media speculation of cannibalism.

"At this point in the investigation we have no evidence that would lead us to believe the victim was cannibalised," said Berlin police spokesman Frank Thiel.

The mutilated remains of a 33-year-old piano teacher were found in the 41-year-old suspect's apartment in the city's troubled Neukoelln district.

He reportedly met his victim via a gay S&M internet chat site.

Police dismissed lurid tabloid press reports that the murderer, an unemployed house painter, had told police officers: "I wanted to eat parts of the corpse."

Germany was shocked by a similar case in the state of Hesse in 2001 when a man killed and ate another man in an apparent consensual act.

The killer, Armin Miewes, was found guilty and given an eight and a half year prison term on charges of manslaughter. The relatively short jail sentence drew wide criticism in Germany.

But legal experts pointed out that the victim had gone on record as asking to be killed and eaten. In addition, cannibalism in itself is not a criminal offence in Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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