Mortuary managers face prosecution after they gave family the wrong body

Christopher Alderoriginally by: Mail Online
published: 1 May 2013

Three mortuary managers could face prosecution after missing 10 chances to realise they had given the family of a paratrooper who died in custody the wrong body for burial.

Christopher Alder’s relatives unwittingly buried the body of a 77-year-old woman in 2000 but 11 years later it was realised there had been a mistake.

The error was only discovered when the Nigerian family of Grace Kamara arrived to prepare her body for burial in November 2011.

Mr Alder, a 37-year-old Falklands war veteran, had died on the floor of a police station in the city in April 1998, with his arms handcuffed behind his back and his trousers around his ankles.

South Yorkshire Police carried out a 15-month investigation into the incident which was when they realised that Mrs Kamara’s body was where Mr Alder’s should have been.

The inquiry team ‘believe that three members of the management team of the mortuary between December 1, 1999 and November 4, 2011 may have a case to answer’, according to a summary.

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