Undertaker 'forgets' stolen jewellery

THE undertaker accused of stealing jewellery from corpses did not give the jewelry back to the deceaseds' families because he was forgetful, a court has heard.

Neil Gray is currently in Ballina Local Court facing a number of charges, including larceny and fraud.

Twenty three witnesses have been called to court to give evidence in the matter involving the Ballina Funeral Homes director.

He is accused of stealing jewellery from corpses at the Ballina Funeral Home that were suppose to be burried or cremated with the deceased.

Gray's defence lawyer said the fact his client had items of jewellery in his possession could be attributed to "forgetfulness."

If Mr Gray wound up his business, he would eventually have returned the jewellery, the defence said.

A video was presented to the court this morning showing police executing a search warrant at Ballina Funeral Homes.

In the video, Mr Gray said his ex-wife, who made the initial complaint to police, had threatened to do this so she could get him in trouble.

The hearing continues. 



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