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Nurse On Trial 'Had Cannibal Fantasy As Child'
A man accused of planning to behead and eat a teenage girl said he started having fantasies about cannibalism when he was just six years old, a court has been told.
Canterbury Crown Court heard Dale Bolinger told police he once imagined nursery staff taking young girls to a kitchen to eat them.
"By the time I got to 14, I turned into the villain of the piece and I wondered what it would be like to eat a girl," he said in a police interview, a transcript of which was read by prosecutor Martin Yale.
Bolinger, a 57-year-old nurse who used to live in Canterbury, Kent, said he never discussed his fantasies with his wife or son because he felt ashamed, the court heard.
Jurors were also told how, when questioned about indecent images of children found at his home, Bolinger told police: "I don't find children sexually attractive but I do find them interesting as a food source."
The court heard Bolinger blamed his "weird" and "very strange" behaviour on his "very domineering" mother.
"It was less to do with sexual gratification and more to do with anger," he said, according to the police transcript.
"The people that do it (cannibalism) are seriously deranged. I may be many things but I'm not deranged."
Mr Yale said Bolinger described his cannibalism fantasy as "Jekyll and Hyde" but also something he could not fulfil as he would never harm anyone.
The court was told how, in his police interview, he said he had been treated badly as a child, citing a time when his mother allegedly made a drunken pass at him that left him "shocked".
The jury heard Bolinger spoke to users of the Dark Fetish Network (DFN) website and went to meet one woman at London's Euston station but she never turned up.
He told police he had online chats with a girl he believed to be 14 and called Eva who wished to be decapitated, jurors were told.
He is said to have claimed their conversation left him so worried she would hurt herself that he travelled to Ashford International station in Kent to meet her.
The court was told Bolinger, who denies a charge of attempting to groom a girl, admitted during questioning that discs found at his home containing indecent images of children were his.
But he is said to have told police: "At no time have I ever killed, kidnapped, taken or eaten a person."
The trial continues.