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A Colombian who confessed to torturing, raping and murdering more than 140 children has been sentenced to a further 36 years behind bars on top of a 52-year prison term already handed down.

Citing judicial sources, El Espectador newspaper said Luis Alfredo Garavito, 42, was sentenced late last week by a judge in the city of Pereira.

The latest sentence was meted out after Mr. Garavito, known by the nicknames Goofy, the Priest and the Madman, confessed to slaying 26 children, mostly poor peasant boys, in and around Pereira. Colombia has no death sentence but El Espectador suggested Mr. Garavito could receive terms totalling more than 500 years. Reuters