Cannibal jailed for eating neighbour's corpse

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An Indonesian cannibal has been jailed for five years after he dug up the corpse of his 80-year-old neighbour and ate parts of her.

Sumanto, 30, was judged to be sane by the court in the central Javanese town of Purbalingga, 250 miles south-east of the capital Jakarta.

Police found parts of the corpse buried under his house, while other parts of the woman's body, which had only been in the ground for one day, were arranged on a dinner plate.

Sumanto, who uses one name, told officers at the time he believed eating the flesh would give him supernatural powers. His lawyers are to appeal.
 
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