A 20-year-ol Eritrean migrant has been accused of cutting off an asylum seeker’s eyelids, biting off his ears, and then telling the victim he was going to eat his flesh.
The migrant, who remains unnamed, is on trial in Hanau, Hesse and has been accused of attempted murder and assault. He also may face cannibalism charges following the testimonial of a police officer.
The man on trial was 19 at the time of the incident which happened in Germany. Court records indicate he stabbed the 18-year-old victim in the neck with two knives, bit off his ears, sliced his eyelids off, and then rammed a pen into his eyes.
The victim survived the attack but is now blind and was not able to reattach his ears that were chewed off. According to reports, he moved to Switzerland following the incident. The police officer who testified said the victim had told him the attacker said he was going to eat him.
The attacker said he was upset over the fact he had been “stiffed” over a loan, but criminologists said the attack was so malicious there had to be more to the story.’The fact that the victim’s ears were ripped off like a wild animal is almost animalistic – a most unusual case,” Rudolf Egg from Wiesbaden told Daily Mail. The deed was by no means a normal brawl. If you only want to hurt your victim, you don’t have to do such things.”
He added that while money could have played a role, it could not have been the sole motive for the attack.
“Perhaps jealousy played a role. Because the perpetrator did not want his victim to be injured but to be displaced. He wanted him to look ugly and desecrated.”
People near the scene of the assault say they heard loud screams from the attackers home, which prompted them to call police.
When officers got to the scene they said they had to break down the door to get inside. The attacker was allegedly sitting on top of the Somalian victim who was lying in a pool of blood. Both men reportedly lived on the same street but at different addresses.
‘The investigating authorities have never experienced here before this form of violence. The victim was cruelly mutilated and must reckon with permanent damage. It is unclear whether the man permanently blinded,” said a police spokesman.
A verdict will be determined in June.
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