'Canterbury Cannibal' jailed for nine years

An NHS nurse dubbed "the Canterbury Cannibal" has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of sexual grooming after plotting to behead and eat a girl.

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Victim of 'cannibal' nurse 'happy to be alive'

A victim of a male nurse dubbed the 'Canterbury Cannibal' says she is "happy to be alive" after he tried to suffocate her.

Urlene King said she feared ending up as Dale Bolinger's "dinner" after he tried to suffocate her with a cloth soaked in dry-cleaning fluid back in 2010.

Dale Bolinger has been jailed for nine years. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She told the Daily Mirror: "I felt a hand over my head and something cold on my face. I remember struggling to get him to let go. He was suffocating me."

"I feel happy to be alive because I could have ended up as his dinner. He's a monster," she added.

US national Bolinger was jailed for nine years yesterday after being found guilty of trying to meet a under the age of 16 following sexual grooming.

He also pleaded guilty to administering a poison or noxious substance in the incident involving Ms King.

Police: 'Cannibal' nurse a great danger to public

A nurse convicted of plotting a cannibal attack on a teenage girl "represents a very real and great danger to the public", police have said following his nine-year sentence.

Dale Bolinger, 58, was jailed for nine years. Credit: Kent Police

Detective Superintendent Tim Smith of Kent Police said the sentencing should act as a warning to criminals hoping to conceal their identities online.

Dale Bolinger, 58, used the pseudonym Chris C and "Meatmarketman" on the internet, with a picture of supermodel Naomi Campbell on his profile.

Smith said officers "left no stone unturned in searching for evidence both at Bolinger's house and elsewhere" after a team with specialist knowledge and equipment worked closely with the FBI to reveal the American's identity.

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FBI uncovered nurse's internet cannibalism fantasies

A nurse jailed for grooming and plotting to behead and eat a teenage girl was foiled after FBI investigators uncovered internet chats about his plans.

Dale Bolinger's defence lawyers described him as a "fantasist". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

Dale Bolinger, an American national, claimed on an internet profile to have eaten a 39-year-old woman and a young child, while also boasting of several other cannibal acts in online chats with others.

After the chat logs were passed to Kent Police, a number of digitally altered images of children were also found at his home, with titles that alluded to his interest in cannibalism.

Bolinger had claimed in court that his apparent desires were "just in fantasy" and said he "probably would have wet" himself if the girl he planned to kill had turned up to a planned meeting at Ashford International rail station.

'Canterbury Cannibal' jailed for nine years

An NHS nurse dubbed "the Canterbury Cannibal" has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of sexual grooming after plotting to behead and eat a girl.

Dale Bolinger has been sentenced to 9 years. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Dale Bolinger, 58, bought an axe from a DIY store, the day before he tried to meet the 14-year-old, whom he groomed had online.

He had chatted with the teenager, a Mexican girl called "Eva" said to be living in Germany, online.

In conversations, Bolinger described sex acts he wanted to perform on her and how he would murder her, which she said she wanted to happen.

As he was jailed today for a total of 11 offences, a judge said his behaviour was "abhorrent, shocking and dangerous".

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