Christopher Alder mortuary blunder: No prosecutions as CPS upholds decision after review

Christopher Aldersource: Hull Daily Mail 
published: 29 March 2014

The decision by prosecutors not to charge anyone over a mortuary body mix-up has been upheld following a review.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced in October there was “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone over the scandal, which resulted in the body of an elderly Nigerian woman being buried in the grave of former paratrooper Christopher Alder.

However, following an appeal by a lawyer representing Mr Alder’s sister Janet, the CPS agreed to review its decision. That review has been completed with the decision to take no further action upheld.

David Cawthorne, specialist prosecutor in the CPS Appeals and Review Unit, said: “Following a careful and fully independent consideration of all the available evidence, I have concluded that the decision not to prosecute this case was correct.

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