Fresh from the oven is the news of a Guyanese man arrested in Brazil for keeping and smoking (yes, like a ham!) his wife’s dead body. Here’s the translation from the Brazilian News Portal – G1:
The Guyanese Herbert Pratt , 69 , is suspect of storing and smoking the body of his wife , Veronica Beatrice Grant , 66 , for 15 days. The case came to light after military police of the Tactical Force found the corpse in the house where the couple lived on the banks of the stream Uai Grande, BR- 174 Highway, in Boa Vista.
To the police, Pratt, who can not speak Portuguese, admitted he was “keeping” the body and doing the smoking, but did not explain what led to it. He also said that the woman died of a disease.
According to the police , the body was found after children playing in the creek near the property felt a “strange smell” coming from the site. They approached one of the rooms and saw the corpse.
“After that, the old man threatened to throw hot water on them and a group of teenagers tied him up in a tree to control him. Then a man on the creek called us and we found the body”, said a police officer.
The body was found inside the house. It was on top of a bed and covered by a sheet. “The husband even put a board sealing the entrance in place, in an attepnt to hide it,” reported the OFficer.
Teams from the Legal Medical Institute and the General Homicide Police went to the scene and estimated that the elderly probably died after the 15th of November. She seemed to have been sick, but the causes of death have not yet been clarified.
The Pathologist told G1’s reporters that the body was badly decomposed, despite being ‘dry’ because of smoking. “We do not know exactly the day she died, but it has to see that the body was dehydrated, because he [husband] probably made multiple sessions to smoke it,” he said.
The server said the man was smoking the body in the bedroom itself. “He put tarps around the body, made fire and blew smoke over it. We believe that he did it because of some cultural belief, but you can not say anything for sure before carrying out all the investigations,” he said.
After the procedures in the couple’s home, the Guyanese was taken to the 5th Police District For further questioning. According to the police officer, the consul of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Roraima will Be contacted to decide what will be done with the elderly. The police could not say if the couple lived legally in Brazil.