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Body Of Christopher Alder Found In Hull Mortuary 12 Years After Death In Police Custody And 'Burial'

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An investigation has been launched after the body of a man who died in police custody turned up at a mortuary over a decade since he was believed to have been buried.

Former soldier Christopher Alder, 37, choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a police station in Hull, in the early hours of April 1 1998.

His sister, Jane Alder, brought a civil action against the Crown Prosecution Service after she claimed she was racially discriminated against, but she lost her legal challenge in March.

Hull City Council said the body of a man was discovered where a woman was believed to have been stored. Council chief executive Nicola Yates said: "On Friday 4 November 2011 I was made aware of a situation relating to the body of a man, who was in his late thirties, located in the city mortuary.

"The body lay in place of where Grace Kamara had been recorded as resting. At the moment I cannot explain this. Whilst Grace Kamara died of natural causes in 1999, her burial was, for family-related reasons, only able to take place on Friday. It was immediately postponed.

"My first priority has been to make sure the families involved were informed and given the necessary support. Now that we have made our best efforts to notify and support the families, I can confirm that the body of the man has been identified as Christopher Alder.

"I am appalled and distraught at what I have learned and in conjunction with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust we will be undertaking a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the events."

Ten years ago, a coroner's jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing after a seven-week-long inquest.

In 2002, five Humberside Police officers went on trial accused of manslaughter and misconduct in public office but they were cleared of all charges on the orders of the judge at Teesside Crown Court.

Four years later, an Independent Police Complaints Commission report said four of the officers present in the custody suite when the black former paratrooper died were guilty of the "most serious neglect of duty".

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