by Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV Online
A man employed as a porter at the Port Moresby General Hospital is in police custody for interfering with a corpse at the layout room of the hospital’s mortuary.
The man was caught by Black Swan security personnel on Wednesday, 22 October, between the hours of 11 and 12pm after the guards had entered the layout room after seeing the lights go off.
It was reported that the guards had grew suspicious when they noticed that the room’s lights were switched off and preceded to the layout and found the porter alone with the corpse.
The corpse was that of a young woman who had died in a road accident.
When found, the corpse was naked and in a comprising position, with what appeared to the guards as being semen, on the dead woman’s groin area which sparked the guards’ quick action in calling the police.
The perpetrator was reported as being visibly disturbed by being found by the security personnel and when questioned, appeared nervous and lost for words.
It is understood that medical officers at the scene, took swab samples of the semen found on the corpse and these would be used in the investigations as evidence.
As people who have great respect for their dead, the incident has shocked Papua New Guineans and introduced many into the dark practises of necrophilia.
There are three basic types of necrophilia which are – necrophilic homicide, which is murder to obtain a corpse; regular necrophilia, the use of corpses already dead for sexual pleasure and necrophilic fantasy, envisioning the acts but not acting on them
It is unlawful for a person to engage in necrophilia (in this case) the act of having sexual intercourse with a dead human body or having sexual contact with a dead human body other than the norm (required contact) of storing, disinfecting, preparing or embalming a corpse in accordance with standard practises of mortuaries and the funeral industry.
It is alleged that the perpetrator could be a serial offender but this can only be confirmed through ongoing investigations by the police.
Statistics found through studies around the world show that necrophiles are primarily male (about 90%), heterosexuals and the most common motive for their actions, cited by psychologists, as the attempt to gain possession of an unresisting or nonrejecting partner.