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German ‘Cannibal Cop’ Jailed for Murder

An ex-police officer was found guilty of murder Wednesday by a German court that determined he killed a man he had met in a chat room used by fetishists of cannibalism – an interest both men had in common.

Detlev Guenzel, 57, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for murdering 59-year-old businessman Wojciech Stempniewicz in 2011, Deutsche Welle reported. "He was found guilty of murder and disturbing the peace of the dead," regional court judge Birgit Weigand in the eastern city of Dresden was quoted as saying.

During the trial the court heard that Stempniewicz voluntarily contacted Guenzel and agreed to meet the former police handwriting expert at his home in the town of Hartmannsdorf-Reichenau, near the Czech border.

In one message presented to the court written by Stempniewicz, he expressed a desire to be "slaughtered" when the pair met, Deutsche Welle reported. Defense lawyers argued that Stempniewicz had actually hanged himself during an encounter inside an S&M themed cellar at Guenzel’s house.

Evidence heard in court accused Guenzel – a father of three adult children described by neighbors as "friendly and polite" – of dismembering the body of Stempniewicz with a knife and electric saw and burying the pieces in his garden.

A video of the gruesome dismemberment was played in court, with Guenzel reportedly muttering in the recording: "I never thought I would sink so low."

Although testimony was given that Stempniewicz clearly had a fantasy of being killed and eaten by another human, no clear evidence was produced that Guenzel actually ate the body parts.