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The Canterbury nurse accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl to decapitate her has told a jury: “I am just a fantasist and a liar!"
Dale Bolinger, 58, has denied going to Ashford International rail station intending to meet the teenager known as Eva.
Wearing a striped tie and dark suit, he told the jury at Canterbury Crown Court how he had lied to police about his cannibal chats with someone claiming to be a Mexican girl living in Germany.
Even his defence counsel, Paul Jarvis, described Bolinger as "more of a Walter Mitty character than Hannibal Lecter."
The jury has heard how, among the chatlogs, Bolinger talked sometimes “an hour or two a day depending on what we were talking about.”
Bolinger talked about meeting up with “Eva” and wanting to behead her at his home in Canterbury.
“I bought the axe initially to chop some stumps outside my house. I bought the axe at the time because Eva asked me to.
"But the serious mistakes I have made I have pleaded guilty to.
“But this I don’t accept because I don’t believe that it was a 14-year-old, or a girl or a child at all. It was an adult male.”
"The idea that I would actually chop someone’s head off... I had a fantasy with her and wouldn’t have carried that through
The nurse, who worked at a Thanet hospital, has already admitted other charges of administering a poison two years earlier and downloading sick images of children.
The trial continues.
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