Cannibal is jailed for 15 years in Spain for killing his mother, storing parts of her in his fridge and eating her ‘piece by piece’ with his dog
- Alberto Sanchez Gomez, 28, found guilty of strangling Maria Soledad Gomez
- He then cut up her body into around 1,000 small pieces and consumed them
- Sanchez Gomez claimed he was experiencing a ‘psychotic episode’ at the time
A Spanish waiter has been jailed for more than 15 years after killing his mother, storing parts of her body in his fridge and eating her ‘piece by piece’ with his dog.
Alberto Sanchez Gomez, 28, was branded the cannibal killer of Ventas, the area of Madrid where he lived with his mother Maria Soledad Gomez.
He was found guilty of strangling the 68-year-old before dismembering her body and eating part of her remains following a trial in May.
The jurors, six women and three men, dismissed Sanchez Gomez’s claims he was experiencing a ‘psychotic episode’ when he murdered his mother.
The waiter told police upon his arrest on February 21, 2019, that he had been eating his mother ‘bit by bit’ with his dog.
Alberto Sanchez Gomez (above), 28, was branded the cannibal killer of Ventas, the area of Madrid where he lived with his mother Maria Soledad Gomez
Detectives then found parts of Ms Soledad Gomez’s remains stored in plastic containers inside his fridge and in drawers around the family’s home.
Her head, hands and heart were allegedly found on her bed. Local reports at the time said her body had been cut up into more than 1,000 small pieces.
Sanchez Gomez was handed a 15-year and five-month prison sentence after being convicted of homicide and desecration of a human corpse following a two-week trial at Madrid’s Audiencia Provincial court.
The sentence was laid bare in a written ruling made public today.
A prosecution indictment submitted to the court ahead of the trial said the cannibal killer used a carpenter’s saw and two kitchen knives to cut up his mother’s body.
Sanchez Gomez, whose father died when he was 15, claimed in court he had heard ‘hidden messages’ when he watched TV and voices telling him: ‘Kill your mum.’
He was found guilty of strangling the 68-year-old before dismembering her body and eating part of her remains following a trial in May
The jurors, six women and three men, dismissed Sanchez Gomez’s (seen upon his arrest) claims he was experiencing a ‘psychotic episode’ when he murdered his mother
He told Madrid’s Audiencia Provincial court that the voices were those of neighbours, acquaintances and celebrities.
But he insisted he didn’t remember cutting up his mother or eating her remains as he told police when they went to the murder scene.
During a last address to the court, he insisted: ‘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, who regularly consumed drugs and alcohol, had been arrested 12 times for mistreating his mother before the grisly outcome of their last row. He had also 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.’