Human remains carelessly dumped in an inner courtyard? The head of a funeral marble factory in Bernay (Eure) has been summoned to court on December 20, after gendarmes found human bones in body bags on November 17, placed on the ground in the courtyard of a funeral agency, according to L'Éveil Normand. "We found two bags of bones gathered in body bags on the ground," Captain David Malherbet explained to our colleagues.
The investigations carried out concluded that these bones were recovered from tombs at the end of the concession. Legally, when a funeral plot comes to an end and is not renewed by the descendants of the deceased, the bodies must be placed in the cemetery's ossuary, which is managed by the municipality. In this case, the human remains were exhumed during grave re-raising operations, when expired concessions were not renewed. But they were not kept in dignified conditions.
The head of the funeral home was held in police custody for several hours for "insulting the dignity of a corpse". The latter considers that he is not at fault. "These are bones from a long time ago," he told L'Éveil Normand, blaming the companies commissioned to raise graves "that are doing their job badly" by leaving pieces of skeleton in the ground. He explains that when he digs into the earth for tombstones or vaults, he sometimes comes across bones that he "puts in a bag."
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The marble worker will have to explain himself before the court of Évreux. His authorisation has so far been withdrawn by the prefecture, which has noted the shortcomings. The human remains were placed in the cemetery's ossuary.