A forensic scientist has been fired on suspicion of having sex with a dead body after a cop allegedly walked in on him in the act.
Local media report Wanderley dos Santos Silva, 52, was fired by the Institute of Legal Medicine for allegedly having sex with a corpse in the city of Manaus, in the north-western Brazilian state of Amazonas.
Local media report an officer from the Department of Forensic Police had gone into the necropsy room to collect information about a female corpse when he allegedly found Silva having sex with it.
Silva reportedly saw the officer and ran away from the scene. The case was immediately reported to the Department of Forensic Police and Silva along with an unnamed colleague were immediately fired for “serious functional faults”.
The Secretary of Public Security said the pair are suspected of having gone out to celebrate their football team Flamengo winning the Copa de Libertadores and returned to the Institute of Legal Medicine drunk before Silva was allegedly caught with the corpse in the early hours of the following morning.
A police case into necrophilia has been launched. Local lawyer Penelope Antony told reporters that Silva could face between one and three years in prison if found guilty of having sex with the corpse.
It is unclear if the suspect has been arrested.
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