A 41-year-old man has admitted to killing his girlfriend and cooking her legs after feeling hungry during their drinking party.

The cannibal, identified only by his first name Oleksandr, is said to have been frying and eating his victim’s legs when police raided his house in the central city of Kryvyi Rih, in Ukraine.

According to police, Oleksandr and his 50-year-old girlfriend, who has not been named, were having a boozy party on April 13.

At one point Oleksandr grabbed a kitchen knife and cut the woman’s throat open, causing her death, detectives said.

After checking on the woman and making sure she was dead, the man reportedly hacked off her legs and stuffed the rest of her body into a sack.

The victim’s trousers were found at Oleksandr’s courtyard

At night, he dragged the sack 500 metres (about 1,600 ft) from his house and hid it among the reeds by the Inhulets river, according to local media.

The gruesome remains were spotted the next day by a family who was walking in the area.

Father-of-two Mykola said to local media: “We [he and his children] were looking for a fishing spot when we stumbled upon the sack.

Oleksandr’s house

“I saw naked buttocks sticking out of it and realised it was human remains. I called the police.”

Locals immediately identified the victim and told the police the address of her boyfriend.

Oleksandr was arrested after officers went to his house.

The place where the woman’s remains were found

Reports say police felt sick after entering the place and discovering the man, who was frying flesh from the victim’s legs on the pan and eating it.

He said to officers he ‘cooked his girlfriend’s legs and ate them after getting hungry’, say Ukrainian media.

Police launched a criminal case for premeditated murder against Oleksandr, who confessed to the crime, say law enforcement.

Sergey Lukashov, the police spokesman

Police spokesman Sergey Lukashov commented: “The suspect stabbed the woman with a knife causing her death.

“He hacked the victim’s legs off and put the rest of her body into a sack.”