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STRANGE BUT TRUE

PEOPLE

Brno, Czech Republic: A Czech prisoner found guilty of embezzling cash from a construction company could end up serving a longer sentence after guards heard voices coming from his backside. Prison wardens in Brno say they discovered the 48-year-old had hidden a tiny walky-talky in his bottom. He was allegedly using it to communicate with his wife to arrange bribes for investigators and lawyers involved in the case against him. The prisoner talked to his wife, who would park her car a few hundred metres from the prison every day. A prison spokeswoman said: 'I have worked here since 1996 but I can't recollect ever finding anything stuck in such parts.' Police say the pair have been charged with perverting the course of justice and could face six months in jail.

Bangkok, Thailand: A civil engineering student has been found dead after a bizarre study method involving looping a belt around his neck and fixing it to a door handle went tragically wrong. Eake Chonwattana's mother said the belt kept him awake while he was studying.

He had learned the trick from other university students and if he nodded off, the jerk of the belt would wake him up. His mother said: 'I warned him many times not to do this but he just didn't listen. Now he's dead.' He was found sitting upright at his desk with the belt still around his neck. A bruised neck was the only sign of injury.

Trinidad: An electrician discovered an almost skeletal body in a store cupboard at the San Fernando hospital. Police say the body may have been been there for up to nine months. A spokesman is reported to have said they didn't know of anyone lost from the wards but police were checking their missing persons files.