'Canterbury Cannibal' NHS nurse jailed for nine years for trying to meet girl to behead and eat her

Dale Bolinger bought an axe the day before planning to meet a 14-year-old girl

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An NHS nurse dubbed "the Canterbury Cannibal", who was convicted of sexual grooming has been jailed for nine years after plotting to behead and eat a girl.

Dale Bolinger, 58, bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he tried to meet the 14-year-old, whom he groomed online.

The married father-of-two spoke with the Mexican teenager, who was said to be living in Germany, on a website called the Dark Fetish Network (DFN).

During their conversations Bolinger would describe sex acts he wanted to perform on her and how he would murder her, which she said she wanted to happen.

In a series of messages uncovered by FBI agents in New York, he said it would be a "great turn on" to behead and eat her, saying: "I have been called a very generous lover and I would be very generous to you before I prepped you for the table."

The night before their meeting, Bolinger - who worked as a registered nurse at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate - told her: "Got the axe, you ready to get that train?"

But jurors heard that "Eva", whose true identity has never been uncovered, failed to show up at Ashford International Station as planned.

Investigators found the email address meatmarketmanrocketmail.com was being used in Kent and Bolinger was arrested after the information was passed to Kent Police.

Bolinger, who was described by defence counsel Paul Jarvis as "far more Walter Mitty than Hannibal Lecter", told Canterbury Crown Court he had visited the DFN website out of curiosity.

The American national told police he began having fantasies about cannibalism at about the age of six, blaming his "very domineering" mother for his "weird" behaviour.

He claimed he felt ashamed of his fantasies and told officers: "It was less to do with sexual gratification and more to do with anger.

"The people that do it (cannibalism) are seriously deranged, and I may be many things but I am not deranged."

Before the trial, Bolinger also admitted other charges, including administering a poison or noxious substance after he put a cloth soaked in dry cleaning fluid over his friend Urlene King's mouth in July 2010.

He pleaded guilty to making indecent pseudo photographs of children, and seven counts of publishing an obscene article.

As he was jailed today for the 11 offences, a judge said his behaviour was "abhorrent, shocking and dangerous".

Additional reporting by PA