County Limerick undertaker pleads guilty to unlawful exhumation

A COUNTY Limerick undertaker who illegally exhumed the body of a 85 year old man has been ordered to make a €1,000 donation towards the upkeep of the cemetery where the man was originally buried.

A COUNTY Limerick undertaker who illegally exhumed the body of a 85 year old man has been ordered to make a €1,000 donation towards the upkeep of the cemetery where the man was originally buried.

Donie Daffy, 59, of Skagh, Croom, Co. Limerick pleaded guilty, at Newcastle West to exhuming the body of Joseph (Josie) Graham without a licence at Clounanna Cemetery, Patrickswell on February 26 2011.

The court was told that Josie Graham had been buried at the plot in February 2009 but that sometime later an issue arose in relation to the plot.

Mr Daffy was subsequently contacted by relatives of the deceased man and he agreed to move the body of Mr Graham to another plot at Patrickswell cemetery.

Judge Mary O’Halloran was told he did this as a favour and that he was not paid. The court also heard that although there was no licence, registered gravdiggers conducted the exhumation.

Det Garda Gary Laide, Roxboro, agreed with solicitor Michael Noonan Jnr that Mr Daffy co-operated fully with the garda investigation and he was only trying to help out a family.

Judge Mary O’Halloran applied the provisions of the Probation Act and she ordered Mr Daffy to make a €1,000 donation for the upkeep of Clounanna Cemetery.