(THE LOCAL) — A Swiss sadist who offered his friend’s wife and daughter to cannibals for slaughter, apologized in court to his would-be victims while citing his poor relationship with his mother as the trigger for his actions.

The trial of Hans Ulrich R for attempted murder opened on Wednesday in Winterthur, online news site 20 Minuten reported, with the prosecution calling for a 17-year jail sentence.

The suspect, a convicted murderer and Winterthur council employee, put out a “wanted” ad on the internet in 2010, supposedly on behalf of his friend Peter J’s wife, the 27-year-old Patricia J, and their 12-year-old daughter, newspaper Blick reported.

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