Illegal grave seller jailed
Cemetery worker conned bereaved families
said Henderson only stopped when the scheme began to unravel and “the damage had been done”.
The fraud was brought to the attention of police by the Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh who managed the cemetery and Henderson was charged in November 2016.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Grainger said: “William practical support to those affected by Henderson’s crimes and has put in place systems to ensure the fraud cannot happen again.
A spokesman said: “Willie Henderson’s criminal activities were a betrayal of the trust put in him by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh but also, and more disturbingly, a betrayal of the trust put in him by families who were grieving and vulnerable – that’s why his crimes and so reprehensible and so regrettable.”
Sheriff Corke sentenced Henderson to 16 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay back £14,720 to the archdiocese.
The sheriff said: “You have clearly caused the most enormous distress.
“You did this in the most hypocritical and callous way, while pretending to be loyal to the Church and a friend to people who were at their most vulnerable.
“The Church was left to fix the damage you had caused and to pay some £14,720 back to your victims.”