Il­le­gal grave seller jailed

Ceme­tery worker conned be­reaved fam­i­lies

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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.”

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