Berlin police hold 'cannibal' after bones found in park

Berlin police hold 'cannibal' after bones found in park

According to the public prosecutor, the suspect is a high school teacher and is believed to have carried out a sexually motivated homicide, DW reported.

A 44-year old man has been arrested by police in Berlin on suspicion of cannibalism, after a pile of bones was discovered in one of the city's suburbs.

"We then found bones about 15 to 20 minutes by auto from the suspect's apartment, and we found body parts that clearly belong to the missing person", he said.

German prosecutors said on Friday (local time) there is evidence of "cannibalism" in the killing of a 44-year-old man whose remains were found on the northern edge of Berlin earlier this month.

A victim was able to escape and later police found cured human flesh in his home.

Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office, said the suspect "had an interest in cannibalism" and that "he searched online for the topic".

A 41-year-old high school teacher was arrested on Thursday after the discovery earlier this month of a set of bones in a field in north Berlin, according to Deutsche Welle.

Both of the dogs led investigators to Stefan R's flat, where detectives reportedly found a bone saw with human blood on it as well as a supply of chemicals and an empty cooler.

The bones were discovered in Pankow district on November 8, with forensic analysis later showing them to be the victim's, identified as Stefan T., with police saying that further forensic investigations led them to the suspect.

The case has sparked comparisons to a notorious early-2000s cannibal murder in which the killer said his victim was a willing participant.

Brandes, an IT manager, had posted an advert for someone to "obliterate his life and leave no trace".

The court in Frankfurt said Meiwes was psychologically ill but fully aware of his actions.

German media are comparing this case with that of Armin Meiwes, a German cannibal jailed for life in 2006. Prosecutors said the victim had fantasised about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually did so.



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