Cannibal killer cut up and ate his mum after storing body parts in lunch boxes

A cannibal who murdered his mum before eating her body parts after stashing them in lunch boxes has been jailed.

Jobless Alberto Sanchez Gomez, 28, was been caged for more than 15 years after he was convicted of strangling Maria Soledad Gomez in the Madrid flat they shared.

He then dismembered her body before eating part of her remains over the next fortnight.

The cannibal insisted he feels remorse for the grisly crime, adding: "I think of my mum and I'm absolutely heartbroken."

Sanchez Gomez was branded 'the cannibal of Ventas', the area of the Spanish capital where they lived, after his arrest in February 2019.

He told police he had been eating his mum "bit by bit" with his pet dog.

Detectives found parts of tragic Soledad's remains in Tupperware containers in their fridge and bones in drawers around the family home. Her head, hands and heart were found on her bed.

Reports said her body had been chopped up into more than 1,000 tiny pieces.

The jury dismissed claims Sanchez Gomez was experiencing a "psychotic episode" when he murdered and dismembered his mum after a row.

The 15-year five-month prison sentence was demanded by state prosecutors if he was convicted of homicide and desecration of a human corpse at Madrid's Audiencia Provincial court, which he later was.

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Sanchez Gomez used a carpenter's saw and two kitchen knives to cut up his mum's body.

He claimed in court he had heard "hidden messages" when he watched TV and voices telling him: "Kill your mum."

The killer said the voices were those of neighbours, acquaintances and celebrities but he insisted he did not remember cutting up his mum or eating her remains, despite what he told police at the murder scene.

During a last address to the court, Sanchez Gomez said: "I'm very repentant. I suffer anxiety from the moment I wake up.

"I think of my mum and I'm absolutely heartbroken."

Jurors heard the convicted killer had been arrested 12 times for mistreating his mum before the grisly outcome of their last row and breached restraining orders several times.

A police officer who gave evidence during the trial said: "He began to tell us as he was being transferred to a police station the he had strangled her from behind.

"He also said he had eaten parts of her body, some cooked and some raw, and had given some pieces to the dog."

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