3-year jail term for man who had sex with dead COVID-19 patient in Guyana


Fifty-year-old Leroy Chacon of Trainline Port Kaituma, North West District was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for the offence of trespassing with the intent to commit a sexual offence on a woman who died from COVID-19.

He was sentenced by Magistrate Delon Bess at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court after he pleaded guilty to the offence on Tuesday.

Chacon was placed in quarantine under police guard on Saturday after he was caught performing the indecent act on the corpse of a 56-year-old woman who died on Sept. 21 after displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

A COVID-19 test later confirmed that she tested positive for the disease.

The woman’s body was being stored at the Port Kaituma Mortuary when Chacon visited the mortuary at about 7:45 and attempted to perform sex on the body.

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