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Old 03-26-2004, 04:37 PM   #1
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Two teenagers have been found guilty of the ancient crime of violating a sepulchre.
Sonny Devlin, 17, and a 15-year-old who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had denied breaking into a tomb in Edinburgh's Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The pair were also found guilty of taking the remains of a body from its coffin, cutting off its head and playing with it.

Sentence has been deferred until next month pending background reports.

The pair had forced open the Mackenzie Mausoleum, where Sir George Mackenzie, a former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, was laid to rest after his death in 1691, on 30 June 2003.

Mackenzie was a prosecutor for Charles the Second and earned the nickname "Bluidy Mackenzie" for vigorously pursuing Covenanters whom he had tortured to gain confessions.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, the judge, Lord Wheatley, told the jury that they had heard a unique case, the like of which had not been heard in the court in 100 years.

Unemployed Devlin, of East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, and the co-accused had denied violating the sepulchre but that was rejected by the jury.

However, they were acquitted of allegations that they forced open the coffin and simulated oral sex with the severed head.

Sentence was deferred until 20 April and they were granted bail.

Lord Wheatley told the jury: "What lies behind this offence, and always has done is, the notion that in any civilised society there should be respect for the dead.

"The essence is the dead should be treated with a proper degree of reverence.
"This is a charge used over the centuries to cover a variety of situations such as robbing graves to get bodies for medical research or emptying graves so they could be resold for burials."

The teenagers broke into the Mackenzie Mausoleum and cut the head off a male corpse with a pen knife.

The court heard that they played with the head like it was a "trophy".

Devlin put his fist in the neck of the head and used it "like a puppet" and talked to it.

He was later caught by police after returning to the kirkyard to show off in front of a girl who did not believe his claims about the tomb incident.

The teenagers had been seen running from the tomb - which was also known as the Black Mausoleum.

A detective who photographed the crime scene crawled into the burial vault and found four coffins and other human remains.

Detective Constable Graeme Bowie, 43, said one of the coffins had its lid broken off, exposing a body.

He said: "There was no head on the body. The head was missing."

Thanking the jurors, Lord Wheatley said: "You can get any kind of case thrown at you - a murder case, a drugs one. You got one not heard in these courts for over a hundred years."

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Old 03-26-2004, 05:28 PM   #2
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What an odd duo. Me and my friends used to buy a leather football to have a little fun.
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Old 03-26-2004, 07:50 PM   #3
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Aspiring necromancers, perhaps?
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Old 03-31-2004, 05:50 PM   #4
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If I'm going to raid something, it's going to be in the grand tradition of James Burke and Parnell Stevens. I'm going in there to plunder the valuables dammit! They can do whatever the hell they want with the corpses, just gimme the gold!
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