Edinburgh man loses bid to stop council burying his parents

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A MAN attempting to prevent the city council from burying his parents who died more than 20 years ago has lost a bid to have the UK’s highest court hear the case.

Earlier this year Lord Mulholland granted Edinburgh City Council the authority to bury Eugenois and Hilda Marcel after their son made no arrangements to do so, keeping their remains at a property in the Capital for several years.

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

Their son Melvyn Marcel appealed against Lord Mulholland’s decision but it was rejected in July.

Yesterday, Mr Marcel asked judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to have the case heard by the UK Supreme Court in London, but permission was refused by judges.

In May 2002, police discovered the couple were stored in their son Melvyn’s premises at Gilmour Place. The embalmed bodies were moved to the city mortuary.

The procurator fiscal said the bodies could be released for burial or cremation.

The council applied for permission to bury the couple after he made no arrangements to do so.

In February, Lord Mulholland said the council understood Mr Marcel planned to build a refrigerated unit in his property where the bodies would be stored. This would be a temporary measure until an above-ground vault was built.

It is understood Mr Marcel’s intention was to have the bodies transferred to the West Bank in the Middle East for burial.