A ‘cannibal’ has confessed to eating his mum after he chopped up her body and put pieces into plastic lunch boxes scattered around their home.
The shocking admission came after police were called to a home in the Madrid district of Salamanca.
Officers said they found a "Dantesque scene, hard to imagine" and "everything pointed to cannibalism".
A friend of the 66-year-old woman had raised the alarm after not seeing her for a month.
Shocked officers found the man had cut his mother into quarters and then into smaller pieces, before starting to eat her as well as feeding bits to his dog.
Police said the man, who had psychiatric problems, showed no signs of remorse when he confessed to his crime. The man had a criminal record, mostly due to mistreatment of his mother.
They believe he didn’t eat her raw but cooked the body parts first.
He is being held at a police station and is due to go to court on Saturday. The dog has been taken to a local vet.
Spanish newspapers say the detainee is the youngest of two brothers.
The other, married, has lived out of the family home for some time and, according to neighbours, he barely kept in touch with his family.
The woman’s husband died a few years ago.
Shocked residents have described the accused son as having a childish face and being distant.
"They got along very badly and on more than one occasion they had very strong fights and some day I thought that the boy was going to kill his mother," said one woman.
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