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Nurse found guilty of plot to behead and eat 14-year-old girl

Dale Bolinger bought an axe from a DIY store the day before he planned to meet the teenage girl

A British nurse who promised to behead and eat a 14-year-old girl has been found guilty of trying to meet a minor after sexually grooming her online.

During the four-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court, jurors heard how Dale Bolinger, 58, had bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet the teenage girl.

The victim, who has not been identified, claimed to be a Mexican girl called "Eva" living in Germany and chatted to him on a website called the Dark Fetish Network (DFN).

Prosecutor Martin Yale told the jury that in some of the chatlogs, Bolinger had made "graphic reference to sexual abuse, murder and cannibalism of women and children of a wide range of ages, including a baby".

He said: "DFN is a website for those who fantasise about various things, including cannibalism. One of the users that Bolinger befriended on DFN was someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

"And having discussed with her his fantasies in relation to her on more than one occasion, made arrangements to meet her with the intention of committing a sexual offence on her."

Bolinger, a father of three, described the sex acts he wanted to perform on her and how he would carry out her murder. "The idea of us making love and then eating you is a VERY great turn on!" he wrote.

They planned to meet at Ashford International Station but "Eva" never turned up and Bolinger was subsequently arrested, reports Kent Online.

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

He also pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent pseudo photographs of children – computer-generated images that appear to be photographs – and seven counts of publishing an obscene article.

Judge Adele Williams adjourned sentencing to 19 September. She has asked for a psychiatric and pre-sentence report to be prepared to "assess the level of risk the defendant poses to the public".

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