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Guyana garbage collector fined after pleading guilty to exhuming woman's body, abusing it

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A 20-year-old garbage collector in the South American country of Guyana has pleaded guilty to performing an indecent act on a dead body after he allegedly exhumed the corpse of an elderly woman and had sex with it.

Roopram Bacchus appeared before a judge Friday and testified that he had a drinking problem. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation and fined him $200. He faces a year in prison if he is unable to pay the fine.

Police divisional commander Steve Merai said Saturday that Bacchus dug up the body of a 75-year-old woman a day after relatives buried her in a cemetery in early March. Merai said Bacchus broke into the coffin, removed the corpse and had intercourse with it.

He said Bacchus and the family were neighbors.