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10:54 CEST+02:00
A 43-year-old man who was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly having sex with a woman's corpse at a church in Västerås was remand in custody on Tuesday for the sex crime as well as burning down a church in 1998.

Police detained the man in early August after they found an open coffin that was set to be placed in the church's crypt. Near the unlocked coffin, police found a beer can. The body was positioned in a strange way leading police to suspect something was wrong.

The man admitted to having sex with the body and to burning down a 330-year-old wooden church in Surahammar in 1998. According to Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, the 43-year-old admitted in closed door testimony to having had sex with other corpses.

The man was taken to a hospital for suspected stroke.

Police and prosecutors are not commenting on the ongoing case. The man could be charged with the crimes as early as September 4.

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