German teacher tried in cannibalism case

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A 41-year-old teacher accused of killing another man and eating parts of the victim’s body was tried in the German capital on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the man on trial met his victim, a 43-year-old German mechanic, on an online dating site hours before the September murder, German news agency dpa reported. They said there was no indication the victim agreed to be killed.

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None of the men’s names have been released, for reasons of confidentiality.

The suspect allegedly cut up the man’s body in his Berlin apartment and then spread parts of it to different parts of the city, dpa reported.

Police spent weeks searching for the missing mechanic before bones were found in a north Berlin forest and a suspect was found using sniffer dogs.

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The trial in Berlin state court, which is expected to last until mid-October, is not the first of its kind in Germany.

In 2006, a German court convicted Armin Meiwes of murder and disturbing the peace for killing and eating a man he had met online. Meiwes is currently serving a life sentence.

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A German policeman was convicted of murder in 2015 for killing a man he met in an internet discussion forum devoted to cannibalism. Prosecutors said the victim fantasized about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually did.

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