Christopher Alder death: Body exhumed from Hull grave

Grace Kamara and Christopher Alder South Yorkshire Police is investigating how the body mix-up happened

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A body mistakenly buried in the grave of a former paratrooper who died in police custody in Hull has been exhumed.

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 is believed the grave at the Northern Cemetery in Hull contains the remains of Grace Kamara, who is thought to have died in 1999.

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

The exhumation started at dusk on Tuesday and involved up to 30 different specialists.

The process will form part of South Yorkshire Police's investigation into how the mortuary mix-up happened.

Det Supt Richard Fewkes, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "The exhumation is a key milestone in what we're trying to achieve in the investigation which is really to understand and find out exactly what happened all those years ago when we believe the two bodies have become exchanged."

Ms Kamara's friend, Christine Omoregie, said she hoped, along with family members, for permission to return her remains to the grave in the Northern Cemetery.

"I would like her body to be returned to the grave where she has been for the last 11 years," she said.

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.

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