Polish man is jailed for 25 years for murdering and eating chunks of an unidentified man in 2002 whose physique has by no means been discovered – primarily based on the phrase of one ‘mentally ailing alcoholic witness’
- Robert M. was convicted by court docket in Szczecin on Monday in weird judgment
- Victim’s physique was by no means discovered and he has by no means been recognized
- Robert M. took half in killing with 4 different males, the court docket heard
- But he was the one one convicted as a result of statute of limitations
- Main witness was a co-defendant of Robert M.’s and is described as ‘mentally ailing’
By Ap and Ross Ibbetson and Ed Wight For Mailonline
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A Polish man has been jailed for 25 years for homicide and cannibalism in 2002, regardless of the sufferer by no means being recognized and his physique by no means being discovered.
The defendant, named solely as Robert M., acted with 4 others in abducting the unidentified man after a dispute at a bar in the village of Lasko, the court docket heard.
At Robert M.’s instigation, one of the lads killed the captive man and all 5 then sealed a pact of silence by cannibalising the physique.
The court docket in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, determined to offer credence to the testimony of Robert M.’s co-defendant Rafał O. after police bugged his telephones and condo to listen to him telling mates and neighbours concerning the crime.
The court docket in Szczecin (pictured), northwestern Poland, determined to offer credence to the testimony of Robert M.’s co-defendant Rafał O. after police bugged his telephones and condo to listen to him telling mates and neighbours concerning the crime.
Four of the lads have been arrested in 2017, however the one suspected of committing the homicide, Zbigniew B., died of pure causes months earlier than the arrests.
According to Rafał O., it was Zbigniew B. who lower the man’s throat on the directions of Robert M.
The physique of the sufferer was then taken out to a lake and components of his physique have been lower off.
Robert then lit a hearth, cooked the sufferer’s physique, and ordered the others to eat it as half of a ‘pact’ to make sure their silence.
The crime remained secret till 2017 when police acquired an nameless tipoff that earlier than his loss of life, Zbigniew had confessed to the crime.
The police acquired a secret letter signed by Zbigniew B., who had by then been lifeless for a number of months, in which he described the homicide and cannibalism.
Although there was no proof, the prosecution discovered the letter to be real and began an investigation.
Police then tapped the telephones of these talked about in the letter in which they overheard Rafal O. speaking concerning the homicide.
At trial, although, legal professionals argued that he was mentally ailing and alcoholic and his testimony could not be trusted.
However, the choose, Tomasz Banaś, dominated that regardless of ‘some inaccuracies’ concerning the occasions from 20 years in the past, his testimony was credible.
The choose additionally mentioned that the defendants had been ‘overheard by police’ making references to the crime and on that foundation determined to convict Robert M.
The different three males Sylwester B., Rafał O. and Janusz S., have been acquitted as a result of the statute of limitations had expired.
Only the primary instigator, Robert M. was sentenced on Monday.
Before coming into the court docket, Robert M. had been upbeat, telling reporters on his manner inside: ‘I’m ready for this case to be dismissed, it ought to have by no means been permitted.’
However, he was surprised to find that judges had accepted a story from one of his co-defendants.
His legal professionals mentioned that they might enchantment the sentence, saying that Robert M. had been convicted on the phrase of a ‘mentally ailing alcoholic.’