The bones of the infamous outlaw Ned Kelly will be returned to his descendants for burial. This comes after more than 130 years have passed since he was tried and hanged for murder.
Last November scientists successfully identified a headless body as that of Ned Kelly, using DNA testing. The bones had been found in a mass grave outside the former Pentridge Prison in Australia, according to the Daily Telegraph.
According to the Irish Times, Kelly’s remains had originally been buried in the grounds of the Old Melbourne Gaol before they were transferred in 1929 to Pentridge Prison.
Following the identification there was a dispute between the property developers who found the remains, who wished to keep the remains for an exhibition, and the Kelly family. The final decision was taken by State officials.
According to the BBC, the family have said that they plan to bury the remains. The whereabouts of the body’s skull remain unknown.
Ellen Hollow, great-granddaughter of Ned Kelly's sister Kate Kelly, is quoted by The Guardian as saying:
"The Kelly family will now make arrangements for Ned's final burial," Hollow said in a statement. "We also appeal to the person who has the skull in their possession to return it to (forensic officials), so that when the time comes for Ned to be laid to rest his remains can be complete."
Ned Kelly was an Irish Australian bushranger. As an historical figure he divides opinion. He is considered by some to be merely a cold-blooded killer — others, however, consider him to be a folk hero. Kelly was charged and found guilty of the murder of three policemen.
Kelly is perhaps most famous for constructing a suit made from metal armour which he wore of a final shoot-out with police at Glenrowan on June 28, 1880.