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Man jailed for eating cellmate's lung

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by Che Guevara, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Che Guevara

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    Nicolas Cocaign, who was accused of torture or barbaric acts and murder preceded, accompanied or followed by another crime, will have to serve at least 20 years of his sentence.

    Cocaign had an argument over hygeine with cellmate Thierry Baudry on the night of January 2, 2007 and it led to a fight.

    Cocaign then strangled Baudry and cut open his chest with a razor blade, taking out a piece of lung which he mistook for the heart and eating part of it raw before cooking the rest.

    Aware of his impulses, Cocaign had requested psychological help in 1998 and asked to be placed in isolation in 2006.

    Fabien Picchiottino, the lawyer for the defence, earlier critisized a "failure of the psychiatric penitentiary and social system."

    Prosecutor Elizabeth Pelsez said Cocaign's judgement was "certainly altered but not abolished or absent" during the attack and that he could be held responsible for the murder.