Christopher Alder death: Grace Kamara exhumation date set

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A body mistakenly buried in the grave of a former paratrooper who died in police custody in Hull, will be exhumed overnight on 21 February.

Christopher Alder, 37, choked to death at the Queen's Gardens police station after his arrest in 1998.

A body found in a mortuary has now been confirmed using DNA tests as Mr Alder.

It was originally thought to be Grace Kamara who is thought to have died in 1999. The mix-up was discovered in November 2011.

Ms Kamara's burial was delayed and then finally scheduled for 4 November 2011 when the mistake was uncovered.

South Yorkshire Police were brought in to carry out the investigation because of the Humberside force's links with Mr Alder's death.

'Care and sensitivity'

Ten years ago, a coroner's jury decided Mr Alder was unlawfully killed and misconduct and manslaughter charges were later brought against five Humberside Police officers. They were acquitted of all criminal charges in 2002.

In 2006, an Independent Police Complaints Commission report said four of the officers present in the custody suite when Mr Alder died were guilty of the "most serious neglect of duty".

But the Police Federation said the officers "strongly disputed" the report's conclusions.

Hull City Council confirmed the exhumation would take place between dusk on Tuesday 21 and dawn on Wednesday 22 February at Hull's Northern Cemetery.

Nicola Yates, chief executive of Hull City Council, said: "This is a further step to discovering the truth of the distressing events which occurred in 2000.

"We remain committed to achieving a resolution for the families concerned and will ensure that the utmost care and sensitivity is used in complying with the terms of the exhumation licence.

"Our main consideration continues to be the families concerned and those of others at rest in the council's cemeteries.

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