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A 27-year-old Bolivian man has been arrested for necrophilia after he was caught having sex with the body of a woman who had died from lung disease.
According to local media reports, nursing assistant Grover Macuchapi was caught by the woman's 28-year-old husband who walked in on the scene at the morgue of Hospital de Clinicas in La Paz.
He was described as standing over the man's wife's body with his pants around his ankles.
“I saw what he was doing and hit him,” the husband said. “He was moving and he had his trousers down.”
The Bolivian police said in a statement:
“At the time, the deceased had been transferred to the morgue. The husband returns and finds that this man of 27 years was engaging in relations with the corpse of his wife.
“The nursing assistant was committing the crime of necrophilia ... so he (the husband) beat him until the uniformed security arrived.”
Macuchapi, who had been working at the hospital for the past six months, reportedly said he could not fully remember what had happened.
“I do not know, something has happened in my head,” he told local media.
“Something happened ... It was like a trance. The next thing I remember was feeling a blow from behind when the woman’s husband hit me.”
He is yet to be formally charged as there is no criminal penalty for necrophilia in Bolivia.