SHATTERED: Marlene McDonald at her partner’s grave at Tucki Tucki Cemetery.
SHATTERED: Marlene McDonald at her partner’s grave at Tucki Tucki Cemetery. Patrick Gorbunovs

Grave desecrated at Christmas

IN A low blow that's struck one family where it hurts most, a grave was vandalised at Tucki Tucki Cemetery over Christmas.

Marlene McDonald of Wyrallah arrived at the grave of her partner Kelson 'Ned' Hampson, who died only months ago, to find his final resting place vandalized.

Ms McDonald had placed flowers and pots on his grave on Christmas morning, and when she came back to visit the site on Boxing Day morning, she found a devastating sight.

The flowers had disappeared, the pots had been ripped out and sand from inside them strewn around, but only on Ned's grave.

A walk around the cemetery showed Ms McDonald that her partner's grave was the only one attacked, but what she can't understand is why.

Ned died five months ago following a short and horrible four-month battle with cancer.

"That was devastating enough, looking after him in that short time," Ms McDonald said.

"This just topped the cake yesterday."

Ms McDonald said she was simply heartbroken over the events, and it didn't help that today would have been Ned's 67th birthday.

Ned was a much loved member of the Rural Fire Service of Wyrallah, having served as captain for some of that time.

Ms McDonald and her son David said they couldn't believe that Ned's grave had been singled out - that of a man who had served at the Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods in recent years.

Ms McDonald said the attack was especially devastating as she'd been waiting for months to put out this special Christmas arrangement for her missed partner.

It included a pot she had painted herself and dried flowers she had kept from a special arrangement she'd been given following his death.

"I just couldn't believe it."

"It's not what I expected."



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