A self-confessed cannibal who was sentenced to life in prison after slaughtering his flatmate and drinking his blood has had his appeal rejected.
Robert Ian Logan was convicted in April 2011 of the brutal murder of Ben Huntingford in the home they shared at Beenleigh, south of Brisbane.
The Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Friday rejected Logan’s appeal that the jury’s verdict was unreasonable and couldn’t be supported by the evidence.
During Logan’s trial the court heard that in June 2006 he cut Huntington’s throat from ear to ear, partially severed his genitals and drank some of his blood.
A housemate likened the crime scene to the killing floor of an abattoir.
The court was also told during the trial that Logan was known for telling people he’d eaten human flesh with cannibals in New Zealand when he was a child.
In a verdict published on Friday, Justices Margaret White, Margaret McMurdo and Roslyn Atkinson dismissed the appeal’s contention that the horrific details of the killing might have influenced the jury’s rational thinking.
“There is nothing to suggest that the verdict was irrational, and nothing to suggest that the details of the terrible, frenzied killing influenced the jury against the appellant impermissibly,” Justice White wrote.
The appeal was dismissed.