Jury retires in case of nurse accused of arranging to meet and eat girl (14)
A jury trying a NHS nurse accused of telling a 14-year-old girl he planned to behead and eat her after sexually grooming her online has retired to consider its verdict.
Dale Bolinger (58) bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet his alleged victim.
He chatted with the teenager, a Mexican girl called "Eva" living in Germany, on a website called the Dark Fetish Network (DFN), Canterbury Crown Court has heard.
In online chats, father-of-three Bolinger is said to have told her: "The idea of us making love and then eating you is a VERY great turn on!"
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?"
Jurors heard that "Eva", whose true identity has never been uncovered, failed to show up at Ashford International Station in Kent as planned.
Under cross-examination, Bolinger said he had been "stupid" and made "very serious mistakes" but that he had not been intent on killing and eating "Eva".
He told police he believed the girl he was chatting to online was probably a man in his 30s "surrounded by pizza boxes" who would be dead by his 40s.
He said his motivation for going to Ashford International Station following their agreement to meet was out of concern if "Eva" was in fact aged 14.
Bolinger told the court: "I wasn't going to take off anyone's head. It would have been messy, it would have been horrible."
Prosecutor Martin Yale said earlier in the trial that internet chats involving Bolinger on the DFN site about beheading and eating women and girls were discovered by the FBI in New York.
In chats with other users, Bolinger allegedly claimed to have eaten a 39-year-old black woman and a five-year-old child.