A man who tried to have sex with a corpse after digging into the grave was arrested when he fell asleep in the coffin, police in Cambodia confirmed today.
The 47-year-old man, named as Chin Chean, was caught when villagers saw his foot sticking out of the grave and told the family of the teenage girl whose body lay in the coffin.
Chin Chean told police that he started digging up the coffin at 10pm, the day after he had attended the funeral of the 17-year-old girl.
‘Villagers saw Mr Chean’s foot by the grave at about 6am and told the deceased’s family,’ said police chief Keo Vutha of the Prey Poun community 103 miles south east of the capital, Phnom Penh.
The Cambodia Daily reported that after digging down through the earth he reached the coffin and managed to open it.
He then admitted to police that he had tried to have sex with the body but because the coffin was too small he was not able to do so.
‘We don’t know at this stage whether he knew the victim when she was alive,’ said Mr Vutha.
But he said that Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.
‘We are going to send Mr Chean to the district police for questioning before we sent him to court,’ said a police spokesman.