A 49-year-old man identified as Big Sipiliano from has been arrested and released on bail after simulating sex with a woman’s corpse at her own funeral.
Sipiliano is accused of mounting the body of 20-year-old Melisa Mazhindu in front of horrified mourners at the funeral in Muguta, Epworth in Zimbabwe.
According to Nahanda Radio, who obtained a copy of the police report, Sipiliano entered a room containing Ms Mazhindu’s body, which was being looked over by her mother and two female mourners.
The 49-year-old was reportedly drinking beer and smoking cigarettes inside the room for an unspecified amount of time along with another man, who was not named.
He then told mourners: “Greetings elders, you know I loved this lady but she has gone before I had slept with her.
“However, it is not too late, I can still have intercourse with her before she’s buried, I am ready.”
The grieving mum tried to intervene, but couldn’t stop him from removing a white cloth covering the young woman’s corpse, witnesses told police.
He then allegedly mounted the woman’s corpse and simulated sex with her.
He reportedly remained clothed.
The other man he had entered the room with held back the three female mourners as they tried to intervene, according to the police report.
Other guests at the funeral heard the women screaming and came to intervene, and then notified police.
Both men were arrested and charged with violating corpses.
They face up to five years in prison plus a hefty fine if found guilty, according to Zimlii.
Although Sipiliano will go to trial in Februrary, he was released on bail and fined Zimbabwean $5,000.
He was also ordered to remain at his residence and forbidden from seeing any witnesses.