Ceme­tery worker jailed for il­le­gally sell­ing plots

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A ceme­tery worker who ad­mit­ted il­le­gally sell­ing burial plots has been jailed for 16 months.

William Hen­der­son made thou­sands of pounds by sell­ing burial plots which did not ex­ist by forg­ing doc­u­ments or sell­ing sites which al­ready con­tained re­mains at the Mount Ver­non Ceme­tery in Ed­in­burgh, the Crown Of­fice said.

He pled guilty at Ed­in­burgh Sher­iff Court to run­ning a fraud­u­lent scheme be­tween 2006 and 2015, which af­fected 13 be­reaved fam­i­lies.

In some cases the 45-year-old told fam­i­lies they were pur­chas­ing empty burial plots. How­ever, they al­ready con­tained hu­man re­mains in un­marked graves. He had been em­ployed at the ceme­tery from 1997 and was made full-time su­per­in­ten­dent in 2014.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Sher­iff Don­ald Corke said Hen­der­son only stopped when the scheme be­gan to un­ravel and “the dam­age had been done”.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Paul Grainger said: “William Hen­der­son suc­cess­fully ob­tained large sums of money from peo­ple mourn­ing the death of loved ones.

“At no point dur­ing our in­quiries did Hen­der­son show any re­morse for his ac­tions.”

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