Hiding in a coffin
Burglar tried to hide in COFFIN next to a dead body when undertaker walked in as he raided a chapel
A teenage burglar attempted to hide next to a dead body in a coffin when he was interrupted during a raid on a chapel.
Posted by Jill Fallon at September 27, 2012 2:18 PM
Thief Kyle Kennelly, 18, ransacked the 150-year-old chapel in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, where the deceased was laying in rest the night before the funeral. But the burglar was caught in the act when the undertaker Robert Protheroe arrived to begin his preparations for the service.
The court heard the thief heard Mr Protheroe enter and tried to hide in the coffin - but he was unable to get it open.
The undertaker rushed into the room where the body was being kept and saw Kennelly's hand on the smashed door.
Kennelly, who lived just 200 yards from the chapel, in Garth Newydd Court, Merthyr Tydfil was traced by his DNA after police found a cigarette under the casket. The court heard how Kennelly caused thousands of pounds of damage to the 150-year-old Tabernacle Chapel. He kicked in a set of oak doors, ripped out copper piping and smashed up an antique organ.
He admitted burglary and theft and was sent to a young offenders' institution for 28 months at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
Judge Richard Twomlow told him: 'The damage to the occupied coffin showed a complete lack of respect in every way.'