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Necrophiliac morgue attendant convicted

A former morgue attendant at the Larissa state hospital was convicted yesterday of sexually abusing the body of a young suicide victim brought for a postmortem last year. Giorgos Fountaris, 51, received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for three years as the Larissa court accepted a clemency plea on the grounds that the defendant had no prior convictions. Although Fountaris retracted the initial confession he made to Larissa police, claiming the charges of «dishonoring the dead» were «a setup,» a coroner testified that the 24-year-old woman’s body had been interfered with in the hospital morgue at least seven hours after her death, on January 21, 2002. Fountaris said he often drank on duty. «Who wouldn’t if they had to sew up corpses?» he remarked. Hospital officials, who had initially denounced the incident, appeared in court to defend the former employee.