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A former superintendent of an Edinburgh cemetery has been jailed for 16 months for illegally selling burial plots to bereaved families.

William Henderson, 46, earlier admitted carrying out the crime at Mount Vernon Cemetery between 2006 and 2015.

Henderson’s £14,000 fraud offence affected 13 people.

Sheriff Donald Corke told him he had caused the “most enormous distress” and acted in the most “hypocritical and callous way”.

Henderson conned people out of thousands of pounds by selling them burial plots, which either did not exist or which already contained remains.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Henderson, from Bonnyrigg, was also ordered to pay back the money he had acquired illegally to the Catholic Archdiocese that run the cemetery.


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