This was the sentence for 45-year-old German Michael Schneider. The police spoke of 'a horror show'. Schneider was not convicted for manslaughter, but for causing bodily harm resulting in death.
Carsten Schmidt, the victim, had invited Mr Schneider in January 2012 at his flat on the Markgrafenstrasse in Berlin. According to Schneider's defence, Schmidt asked Schneider to tie him to the bed, and cover his mouth with tape. This led to Schmidt's suffocation. Then, Schneider used a saw to cut Schmidt's body up. Mr Schmidt, who was openly gay, was invited to a party that night at a friend's house. When he did not show up, a friend called the police.
The police report stated that 'The body was chopped and cut up in pieces. He had wrapped the pieces of Schmidt’s body in baking paper and foil, as if saving it for later. The head of the victim was simmering in a pot on the stove. It was a horror show." When it became clear that Schneider was a suspect, he tried to cut his wrists.
The prosecutor wanted to convict Schneider for six years and nine months for manslaughter. The defence pleaded violence causing death. Schneider's lawyers were of the opinion that the victim wanted to die, and the accused was only used as a 'means in that process'.
'He is responsible for the death, but did not want to kill his sex partner, the defence stated. The Court concurred.