A MAN is expected to appear before a court sitting in Limerick next week after the remains of a 95-year-old were illegally exhumed from a grave in Patrickswell.
The Limerick Leader has learned that the man will appear at a District Court sitting in Newcastle West after the coffin of Joseph ‘Josie’ Graham was moved from one cemetery to another last year.
The remains of the bachelor were dug up last February – two years after his death – at the rural cemetery of Clounanna, Patrickswell, county Limerick and moved to a new grave at St Mary’s cemetery in the village.
The upcoming court case follows a lengthy investigation by gardai and officials from Limerick County Council.
The story was revealed by the Limerick Leader at the time and shocked locals in the Patrickswell area.
Limerick County Council confirmed that no exhumation order was made to remove the bachelor’s remains from Clounanna graveyard.
However, the council did receive an application to purchase a new burial plot for the deceased in the other graveyard.
Under the Local Government Act (Sanitary Services) of 1948 any person who contravenes the guidelines surrounding exhumations faces a fine not exceeding £50 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.
It is understood that the man, who is expected before the court, will be charged with this offence.
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