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Man to stand trial accused of cremating baby without consent

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A TRIAL has been set for an undertaker accused of cremating a still-born baby without its parents' consent.

David Durden, aged 60, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates' Court again charged with submitting papers to a crematorium which did not have the signature of the child's mother or father.

Durden, of Dunraven Drive, Derriford, has denied allowing the cremation of human remains between July 12 and July 22, contrary to the Cremation Act 1902.

The Crown Prosecution Service claim that the issue is the veracity of a signature on paperwork submitted to the crematorium.

The Herald understands that he worked for the Co-operative Funeral Service and that the cremation was of a still-born baby. Durden had lost his job as a result of the allegations.

Magistrates released Durden on unconditional bail to return to face the court again for a trial on April 21.




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