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German cannibal's trial hard to digest

BERLIN, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Armin Meiwes, the confessed German cannibal, said at his trial that he regrets having killed his victim and would never repeat the act.

Meiwes' defense was centered around the premise that it was a sort of "mercy killing," because the victim, Bernd-Juergen Brandes, had volunteered to be killed and eaten, the BBC reported Monday.

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"I regret it all very much, but I can't undo it," Meiwes told the court, insisting that Brandes had chosen to die.

The prosecution countered the mercy killing argument by pointing out that Meiwes had an ad out before he met Brandes, and therefore he allegedly wanted to kill for his own pleasure.

Meiwes admitted that he was sexually aroused by the process of preparing his victim.

Two experts have appeared before the court to declare that a cannibal who killed and then ate another human being, and was sexually aroused by the process, was "not mentally ill".

A verdict in the trial is expected Friday. While cannibalism isn't technically illegal in Germany, murder requires a sentence of at least 15 years in prison.

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