Police arrest "voodoo" couple who performed bizarre love ritual in cemetery with "bones from corpse"

A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after allegedly performing a bizarre voodoo love ceremony with the bones of a corpse.

The 37-year-old and her new man, 34, were found in a cemetery at dawn where they were said to be carrying out a macabre ritual to banish all trace of the woman's former lover.

Police arrest "voodoo" couple who performed bizarre love ritual in cemetery with "bones from corpse"

Shocked officers found two effigies tied together by a rope, chickpeas, corn and noodles, two plastic cups with rum inside and a half-burned candle.

The pair have been charged with an offence of criminal damage and "lack of respect" for the dead after conducting the ceremony which involved raiding human bones from one of the graves.

Shocked officers found two effigies tied together by a rope, chickpeas, corn and noodles, two plastic cups with rum inside and a half-burned candle.

The strange collection of items were strewn outside a vault which had been broken open and the remains of a corpse removed.

Maintenance staff at the cemetery in Alicante, Spain, made the shock discovery when they came into work the next morning and called in the police to investigate the scene of desecration.

Police suspected straight away that it had been some sort of ritual and arrested the couple a few days later.

The man is alleged to have told them it was a ceremony he performed with his new girlfriend to rid her of the memories of her former husband.

He was said to be a follower of "Santeria", an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions that draws on Roman Catholic elements.

The couple have since been released by the police on bail pending a court appearance.

This was the third time in a week that police were called to the cemetery, which is the biggest in Alicante.Just a few days before, the same maintenance crew discovered a bag containing human bones and voodoo dolls.

And earlier, a skull was found in one of the cemetery niches with a candle and the remains of a body buried in 1992.Officers believe these incidents were either a prank or linked to Satanism.

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