Gerald Greenwood, 76 of Bacup, Lancashire was convicted in 2007 for raping three underage girls, just two years after his wife Mary passed away. He asked that her body be exhumed and moved to a joint plot he had recently purchased. Greenwood’s request was denied by the Church of England court.
The deceased Mrs. Greenwood has been buried in a plot with her mother at Bacup Cemetery for nearly six years. Having now purchased a plot of his own, Gerald Greenwood expressed a desire to have his late wife’s body relocated, so that the two of them might be buried together.
A complaint was lodged by the family of the deceased, compelling Greenwood to take legal action. The case went to the Church of England court. In a letter read aloud at the hearing, Greenwood said
: “I have bought an adjoining grave and would like my wife’s remains to be removed to a new grave so that I can be buried with her, as we were married for 48 years.”
According to their children and the late wife’s family, Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood had separated in 2001, and were not actually together at the time of her death. The Church of England court stands on the leg that Greenwood’s wife would not have wanted to be buried alongside him had she known of the crimes he committed.
Judge Geoffrey Tattersall QC, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Manchester said
: “Had the deceased known the full extent of the petitioner’s criminality, I am satisfied that it would have been inconceivable that she would have wanted to be in the same grave.”