Police in Madrid, the capital of Spain, has placed a young man on trial for allegedly killing his mom, cutting up her body, and eating her remaining parts.
Alberto Sánchez Gómez was arrested in 2019 after police went to the home of his 66-year-old mother following reports from a friend.
The police said they found body parts scattered around the apartment some kept in plastic containers.
The defendant, who appeared in court Wednesday, told the court he does not remember dismembering and eating his mother.
He is reported to have been suffering from a personality disorder as well as a drug habit prior to his arrest.
Spanish media say he had been known to police because of violence against his mother, María Soledad Gómez, and that he had breached a restraining order at the time of his arrest.
The court heard of the macabre scene the police found at the home in eastern Madrid in February 2019.
Some of the human remains were in the process of being cooked and others stored in containers, El Mundo newspaper reports.
The defendant, who was 26 at the time, reportedly confessed to strangling his mother and said he had sometimes eaten the body parts and sometimes given them to the dog.
“I can’t stop thinking about what happened. I’d been ill for a long time and I took refuge in drugs,” Sanchez Gomez wrote in the letter published by local news outlets.
“I’d been hearing voices for a long time and having hallucinations. All this led me to the worst thing that’s happened in my life,” he added.
Gomez has undergone a psychiatric evaluation and faces 15 years to life in prison. Prosecutors are also asking the court to force Gomez to compensate his brother for his actions against their mother should he be found guilty.
The trial is still ongoing.