A judge has ruled that the remains of an alleged paedophile must be removed from a family grave he shares with his wife and her parents because his relatives don’t want to be buried next to him.
The ruling – believed to be unique – has been made by a judge of the Church of England’s Consistory Court which has to approve any applications for exhumation from consecrated ground.
Applications to the court for exhumation are invariably refused on the basis of the church philosophy that a last resting place must be just that unless there are exceptional circumstances for allowing exhumation.
In this case though the judge held that the circumstances were truly exceptional.
For legal reasons no names of the people involved can be revealed and the church yard where the grave is has not been identified.
All that is known is that it is in the Diocese of Lichfield in Staffordshire.
After he died the man’s ashes were buried in the grave where his wife was buried with her parents.
He had been married to his wife for some 40 years when she died in 2008, but both had been married previously.