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Teacher accused of cannibalism goes on trial in Germany

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By Euronews with AP
Parts of the victim's body were found in wooded area in north Berlin
Parts of the victim's body were found in wooded area in north Berlin   -   Copyright  ODD ANDERSEN / AFP
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A teacher in Germany went on trial on Tuesday, suspected of killing a man and eating pieces of his body.

The 41-year-old is accused of having met his victim, a 43-year-old German mechanic, on an online dating site a few hours before the killing, German news agency dpa reported.

He is accused of killing the man for his own sexual gratification.

Prosecutors said there was no indication that the victim agreed to be killed.

Neither the suspect’s or the victim’s names have been released for privacy reasons.

After the killing, which took place last September, the suspect allegedly chopped up the man's body in his apartment in the Berlin-Pankow neighborhood and then spread parts of it in different neighborhoods of the city, dpa reported.

Police were looking for the missing man for weeks before some bones were found in a forest in northern Berlin and the alleged perpetrator was tracked down with the help of sniffer dogs.

The trial at a Berlin state court is expected to last until mid-October.

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.

In 2015, a German police officer was convicted of murder for killing a man he met in an internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.

Prosecutors said the victim had fantasised about being eaten, but there was no evidence the suspect actually did so.