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Funeral held for parents kept in mortuary for 15 years

Eugenios and Hilda Marcel were buried at Craigmillar Castle Park Cemetery on Thursday.

Cemetery: The couple had been embalmed.
Cemetery: The couple had been embalmed. Google 2017

A couple whose bodies were held in a mortuary for 15 years have been buried.

Eugenios and Hilda Marcel were embalmed after their deaths in the late 80s and early 90s.

Their remains were found in a freezer in a fishmongers' shop in West Lothian during a police investigation in 2002.

Their son, Melvyn Marcel, wanted to build a private mausoleum for his parents at his property in Edinburgh and eventually lay them to rest in the West Bank.

Edinburgh Council, however, won a court battle earlier this year, giving them the right to bury the couple.

The local authority had taken the case to the Court of Session after failing to receive family instructions on how to proceed.

Melvyn Marcel had wanted to keep his parents in a fridge at his home until the mausoleum was built.

A judge ruled the city council had a "statutory duty" to dispose of the remains and a bid to take the case to the Supreme Court in London was rejected.

Hilda Marcel died on February 10, 1987, aged 68, while Eugenois died on August 31, 1994, aged 91.

They were buried at Craigmillar Castle Park Cemetery on Thursday.

A council spokeswoman said: "A funeral was held today for Mr and Mrs Marcel."

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