German policeman guilty of murder in cannibalism killing

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 6:36 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A German police officer has been found guilty of murder for killing a man he met in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.

The German news agency dpa reported that the regional court in the eastern city of Dresden sentenced the man Wednesday to eight years and six months in prison. Judges concluded that Detlev G., whose last name hasn't been released, killed a 59-year-old businessman from Hannover in November 2013.

Prosecutors say the Polish-born victim had fantasized about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually did so.

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The defendant, who worked as a police handwriting expert, denied the murder and said the victim killed himself.