A self-confessed cannibal has returned to the dock for a retrial which prosecutors hope will end with him being locked up for life. Germany is bracing itself for yet more grisly details of Armen Meiwes’s crime.
Looking relaxed at the hearing in Frankfurt, he was previously convicted of manslaughter after arguing his victim volunteered. This time however Meiwes faces a murder charge. He met the man he would eat on a cannibal fetish website. Bernd Jurgen Brandes bought a one-way ticket to Meiwes’s farmhouse in Rotenburg, West Germany, where the gruesome events unfolded in 2001.
The first trial heard the pair had tried to eat Brandes’s dismembered penis.
When Meiwes’s visitor lost consciousness, he was killed – and a large part of his flesh was consumed – by his host. The eight and a half year sentence given to Meiwes sparked an appeal by state prosecutors who successfully secured the retrial.
It is expected to continue until March.