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Corsica: six months suspended prison sentence for an undertaker who got rid of corpses


Human bones hidden in garbage bags had been found in the middle of a wild dump, below a village road.

Bodies exhumed and found in pieces in the maquis instead of being cremated: an undertaker was sentenced Tuesday, January 10 in Bastia to six months in prison suspended for "

harming the integrity of corpses


The undertaker, on the other hand, was acquitted by the Bastia criminal court of the charge of "

breach of trust


Similarly “

there is no prohibition on exercising a profession related to funeral directors

”, reacted Me Emmanuel Maestrini, counsel for the defendant, satisfied with this release for breach of trust.

The attack on the integrity of a corpse is in reality a professional fault, which was more civil than criminal

”, also estimated the lawyer.

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“They did anything”

The case began in April, with the discovery of seven coffins and human bones hidden in garbage bags, in the middle of a wild dump below a road in the village of Bigorno (Haute-Corse).

The gendarmerie's investigation had then made the link between the bones and a request for exhumation made to a funeral director for a family vault in a neighboring village, in order to proceed with a cremation.

Who filled the garbage bags?

Who was aware of the content?

Who knew what they would become?

The versions diverge.

And they did anything with the mission entrusted to them

, “said the prosecutor at the hearing on December 6, where the manager of the company and one of its subcontractors appeared.

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Against the manager, she had requested a six-month suspended prison sentence, a fine of 5,000 euros and a ban on exercising a profession related to the funeral.

For the subcontractor, she had asked for a fine of 5,000 euros.

A sentence followed by the court which sentenced him to a fine of 10,000 euros, including 5,000 suspended.

At the helm, the undertaker, already sentenced to a six-month suspended prison sentence for extortion by threat or coercion, and a one-year suspended prison sentence for breach of trust, had pleaded good faith.

I did not see the bones in the coffins.

(…) For me the coffin was empty

, ”he said.

The other defendant, a security guard by profession with a clean record, had assured that he had taken the garbage bags without knowing that there were bodies inside: "

I threw everything into the maquis knowing that this was not legal

," he admitted.

Defense lawyers pleaded for release.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-01-10

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