A man has been arrested after a severed head was found on the steps of a court in Bonn, Germany. Police also discovered the body to which they believe the head belonged near the Rhine River shortly after.
A man is in police custody following an arrest after a severed head was left on the steps of a court in Germany.
Witnesses called police after they watched a man putting the decapitated head outside the main entrance to Bonn district court on Tuesday.
Local police have said that they found a body a few hundred metres away, near the Rhine River that they believe belonged to the severed head.
Police confirmed that they had arrested a 38-year-old man from Bonn, the man was found near the court building after the incident and is apparently well known to authorities.
The identity of the victim has not yet been revealed, but according to the German newspaper General Anzeiger, it is thought to be a 44-year-old man.
Authorities have said that both the victim and the suspect were homeless, and no murder weapon has been found yet. Police spokesman Robert Scholten said: "The background to the crime is still unclear. "We only have two locations so far. The route taken by the suspect is also not known. At the moment we can only describe the scene."
Photographs taken at the scene on Bonn's Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz showed police vehicles blocking the road from both ends while a blanket covered the severed head from the view of the public.
Bonn Police issued a statement, saying: "At around 5.35pm, witnesses informed the police control centre that a human head was lying in front of the Bonn courthouse on Wilhelmstrasse.
"After the first arriving police forces confirmed this initial report, a suspect was identified and arrested in the immediate vicinity. "A little later, further investigations led to the discovery of a corpse in the area of the old customs.
"The suspect is a 38-year-old man who is known to the police in particular for narcotics crime. The victim has not yet been identified. "Both the suspect and the victim can be assigned to the homeless scene according to the first investigations.
"A possible instrument of the crime has not yet been found."