A Spanish court has sentenced a man to 15 years and five months in prison after finding him guilty of strangling his mother and then eating her remains.

The court yesterday ruled Albert S.G. – dubbed the "cannibal of Ventas" after the district where the crime took place – was sane at the time of the events and will therefore serve his sentence in prison.

It jailed him for 15 years for homicide and five months for desecration of a corpse after he dismembered his mother's body and ate "her cadaver over at least 15 days", feeding some to his dog.

The murder took place in early 2019 during a row between the suspect and his 69-year-old mother at the flat they shared in Ventas, next to Madrid's iconic bullring, according to the indictment.

He strangled his mother then dragged her into her bedroom where he used a saw and two kitchen knives to cut her up "in order to get rid of the body", it said.

"He began eating the remains over the course of about 15 days, storing other parts in various plastic containers around the house and in the fridge," it said.

He also put some of the remains into plastic bags and threw them into the bin.

The suspect was arrested on 23 February 2019 after police turned up at the flat following a report by a friend of the mother that she was missing.

The court also ordered the man to pay €60,000 in compensation to his older brother.