The trial of a man accused of cooking and eating part of his cellmate has put the spotlight on France's overcrowded prison system. Prosecutors say Nicolas Cocaign killed his victim with a pair of scissors in a dispute over the cell's toilet, pulled out one of his lungs—believing it was his heart—and cooked it with garlic and rice. A third cellmate who witnessed the gruesome events later committed suicide, ABC reports.
Cocaign—who admits murder but denies a charge of "acts of barbarism"—says prison authorities ignored his request for psychological help. "No one was listening to me," he told the court. "I made several appeals for help, saying I was a man capable of being dangerous. I took action, and then they took me seriously." The victim's family says some of the blame lies with the severely overcrowded conditions at the jail.
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