Sometimes the legal anomalies which come to light mean inconvenience or loss for a few and sometimes they mean genuine tragedy. Earlier this month I heard about a case that fell firmly into the latter category: Kerrie Backhouse, who lives in Cumbria, had lost her son Kye at the age of just 13. Even more tragically, he had died because his father inexplicably gave him a morphine tablet saying it would cure his headache. The father
was jailed for manslaughter but, to Kerrie's distress, he refused to allow Kye's ashes to be released for burial.
The ashes lay stranded in the funeral home for more than a year. Despite his conviction, in law, without a grant of probate, Kerrie's ex-partner retained an equal sa...
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