A homeless man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a woman's corpse after breaking into a funeral home in Georgia. 

Domonique Cordero Smith, now 29, went to the Hill Watson Peoples Funeral Service at 2919 Hamilton Road in 2015 where he violated the corpse.  Surveillance footage from the day showed Smith walking into the room where the body was located. He was also seen taking a pair of underwear from the body, according to local media. Police found the man in a vacant Columbus home on the 500 block of 23rd Street on the day of the crime.

According to the Ledger-Enquirer, Smith’s trial was delayed nearly four years as he had to undergo psychological evaluations to determine if he was mentally fit to stand trial. On Monday, Judge Ron Mullins sentenced Smith to 20 years incarceration on charges of first-degree burglary and necrophilia, which is the term used for developing exciting fantasy of sex with a corpse.

On Tuesday, Smith was re-sentenced to 15 years in prison with 12 to serve and three on probation.

While Smith was found competent to stand trial, it was revealed this week that he suffered from a mental illness.

Assistant District Attorney George Lipscomb reportedly said Smith did not deny committing necrophilia.

“I think all of us would agree he’s got some issues,” Lipscomb said.

In a similar incident that took place last year in Birmingham, England, a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged after he was caught having sex with a corpse after breaking into a funeral home in Great Barr. The man, who was identified as Khurum Shazada, was accused of sexual penetration of the corpse and trespass following the break-in at funeral director company Central England Co-operative.

A spokesperson for West Midlands police said at the time: “An unemployed Birmingham man has been charged with sexual penetration of a corpse and trespass following a break-in at a Co-op funeral parlour in Great Barr on Sunday 11 November. Khurum Shazada, 23, appeared at Birmingham magistrates’ court on Wednesday 21 November and was remanded into custody.”

coffin A homeless man had sex with a corpse after breaking into a funeral home. This is a representational image showing a coffin during funeral service in Mexico. Photo: Getty Images/Hector Vivas