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Brothers held for torching father’s corpse in cost-cutting cremation in China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 June, 2017, 12:27am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 June, 2017, 12:57am

Two brothers have been detained in eastern China after they allegedly tried to incinerate their father’s body at a rubbish dump to save on cremation costs, a Chinese news website reported on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old father, who was not named, died at his flat in the city of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, on June 4, a Sina news site reported. His body was discovered by his 23-year-old son Liu, who shared the property, when he returned home from work.

Rather than notifying the authorities, a man identified only as Liu, with the help of his brother, loaded his father’s body onto the tricycle he uses in his work as a courier and transported it to the local tip. Once there, the brothers doused the body in diesel and set it alight, the report said.

The two men were later detained on suspicion of unlawfully disposing of a human body, it said.

The father’s landlord was quoted as saying that the deceased had been suffering from liver disease and that his health had deteriorated significantly since the end of last month.

Liu and his wife had been sharing the flat since March, the report said.