A jury at a sheriff court in Edinburgh yesterday heard how a local woman killed and butchered her husband of 28 years before putting his body parts in a chest freezer in the basement.
Mrs Edna McNish, 60, then ate her husband, Toby, 63, over the next 6 months, beginning with his feet and gradually working her way up.
When police raided her home in June of last year, following a tip-off, only his shoulders and head remained along with one of his hands, which Mrs McNish told police were: “A bit tough and bony”
Prosecuting counsel, Sir Philip Levy QC, told the jury that Mrs McNish had murdered her husband following a row about taking the bins out and had kept his remains in the freezer “like sausages”.
Mrs McNish is pleading not guilty to murder, claiming that her husband had fallen to his death down the steps to the cellar. However, she has pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful burial and aggravated cannibalism.
The trial continues.