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Sex-grooming accused is 'more Mitty than Lecter'

Tom Pugh

Published 19/07/2014 | 02:30

Dale Bolinger (57) is accused of a string of offences, including allegedly poisoning someone and grooming a girl. Photo: PA
Dale Bolinger (57) is accused of a string of offences, including allegedly poisoning someone and grooming a girl. Photo: PA

A "fantasist" nurse with a cannibalism fetish who is accused of sexually grooming a 14-year-old girl online is "more Walter Mitty than Hannibal Lecter", his lawyer has told jurors.

Dale Bolinger (58) arranged to meet the girl via a fetish website after telling her he would kill her with an axe and eat her, Canterbury Crown Court heard yesterday.

The father of three bought the axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet the Mexican girl called "Eva", who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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

Under cross-examination, Bolinger said he had made "very serious mistakes" but he had not been intent on killing and eating Eva.

He said his motivation for going to Ashford International Station following their agreement to meet was out of concern.

He told the court: "I wasn't going to take off anyone's head. It would have been horrible."

In his closing speech, Bolinger's defence counsel Paul Jarvis said: "It's quite clear that Mr Bolinger is far more Walter Mitty than Hannibal Lecter."

Bolinger denies one charge of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following sexual grooming. The jury have retired to consider their verdicts. (© Independent News Service)

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