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Alder family's fight to get justice continues

Issue No. 2374

Janet Alder is still fighting for justice for her brother Christopher

Janet Alder is still fighting for justice for her brother Christopher (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The family of Christopher Alder have been told nobody will face prosecution for giving them the wrong body to bury. 

Christopher died in police custody in 1998. In November 2011 his body was discovered at Hull Royal Infirmary mortuary—11 years after his family thought they had buried him. 

Instead the authorities had given them the body of 77 year old Grace Kamara to bury. 

South Yorkshire Police handed a 160-page report into the scandal to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in May. Last week the CPS told the family it had decided not to prosecute anyone.

Christopher’s sister, Janet Alder, told Socialist Worker, “I wasn’t surprised, but at the same time I felt sick.” 

The police report doesn't address discrepancies that Janet has come up against in her fight for answers. "I was told by the investigator that there was no paperwork into Christopher's body being released," she said.

“And when Christine Omoregie went in 2011 to Hull Royal Infirmary to put clothes on her friend Grace Kamara, she was told by staff that she wasn't there.

"If Christopher was there with her name tag on, then they would have said she was in the mortuary. I don’t think he ever was there.” 

Christopher choked to death on the floor of a Humberside police station. Officers stood around talking as he died. 

Janet has spent 15 years fighting for justice for Christopher. In July it emerged cops may have spied on her as she campaigned for answers over her brother’s death. 

Janet was set to meet with investigators over the claims on Wednesday of this week. Janet said, “They’re running out of excuses. It’s not looking good for them, is it?”


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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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