Necrophiliac Caught After He Falls Asleep In 17-Year-Old’s Coffin

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 47-year-old necrophiliac was caught in Cambodia after villagers noticed the man’s foot sticking out of a 17-year-old’s grave, authorities said Monday.

Chin Chean was arrested after he was found sleeping in a coffin with a corpse he intended to violate. The body was that of a 17-year-old girl, whose funeral Chean had attended the day before.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, Chean dug up the grave in the Kompong Trabek district of Prey Veng.

Authorities claimed the coffin was too small for Chean to carry out a sexual assault in, and instead he fell asleep on the corpse.

Police were called at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning when villagers spotted Chean in the grave.

Prey Poun commune chief Keo Vutha told Cambodia Daily that Chean is a known drug user who has committed strange acts in the past, such as running around the local pagoda naked.

"Villagers saw Mr. Chean's foot by the grave at about 6 a.m. and told the deceased's family," Vutha said. "We don't know at this stage whether he knew the victim when she was alive.”

“We are going to send Mr. Chean to the district police for questioning before we send him to court,” said police chief Chan Sarin.