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Alberto Sanchez Gomez said voices told him to kill his mother

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Alberto Sanchez Gomez allegedly fed bits of his murdered mother to his dog

Alberto Sanchez Gomez allegedly fed bits of his murdered mother to his dog

Alberto Sanchez Gomez allegedly fed bits of his murdered mother to his dog

A cannibal who killed and then ate his own mother is due to stand trial in Spain.

Alberto Sanchez Gomez (28) is accused of strangling and then cutting his mother into over 1,000 pieces before packing them into Tupperware and feeding some of the pieces to his dog.

The former waiter could face a minimum of 15 years imprisonment if found guilty of killing Maria Soledad Gomez (68) early in 2019.

When police went to his home to investigate, Gomez said that he had been eating his mother "bit by bit" for over a fortnight.

The gruesome details were revealed at the start of the trial which is taking place in Madrid, in which Gomez stands accused of murder and desecrating a corpse.

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Gomez after his arrest Pic Policia Interiore

Gomez after his arrest Pic Policia Interiore

Gomez after his arrest Pic Policia Interiore

The court heard how the defendant said he strangled his mother then used a saw and two kitchen knives to cut her up.

One officer who testified said that when the police entered the man's residence, they found human remains in the fridge, in the shower and over the rest of the house.

It was heard that whenever police officers attended the apartment on February 21 of that year, and asked where Maria Gomez was, Alberto Gomez responded: "Yes, my mother is in here, dead."

The alarm was raised by a friend of Gomez's mother, who said they were worried because they hadn't seen her in a month.

Gomez said in court that he doesn't remember anything about the day his mother died.

He claims that he was hearing voices, and that when he watched TV he was being sent "hidden messages", telling him to "kill your mum".

He added that the voices sounded like people he knew, including neighbours and celebrities from the TV.

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Prosecutors say he strangled his mother after an argument either at the end of January or beginning of February, 2019.

It has been reported that in a letter written from prison, Gomez wrote of the alleged murder: "I can't stop thinking about what happened. I'd been ill for a long time and I took refuge in drugs.

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Gomez said he heard voices coming from the television

Gomez said he heard voices coming from the television

Gomez said he heard voices coming from the television

"I've been hearing voices for a long time and having hallucinations. All this led me to the worst thing that's happened in my life."

Neighbours said they frequently heard shouting and screaming coming from the apartment, and that the police would regularly show up at the property.

Gomez is also scheduled to undergo psychiatric tests.

Prosecutors, who are arguing he should receive 15 years and five months in prison, have also outlined that they want him to compensate his older brother, if the defendant is found guilty, €90,000 (around £77,000) for the loss of his mother.

It was also heard how Gomez's father died when he was 15.

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