30/01/2013

Body Remains In Mortuary 18 Months After Death

18 months after the death of a Ghanaian national, who worked on a Kilkeel trawler, his remains are still in the mortuary department of the Royal Victoria Hospital.

It is understood that so far all efforts to have his body returned to his native country for burial have been unsuccessful.

In July 2011 Fortune Adzawoloo, 29, died of natural causes, just six weeks after he came to work on a Kilkeel fishing boat.

His family want his body returned home but are disputing who should pay for its repatriation.

The Southern Health Trust has offered to pay for his burial or cremation in Northern Ireland - but the dead man's family have declined the offer.

According to the family's legal representative, the dead man was a chief in his local Ghanaian community. Tradition and custom dictate that he must be buried in a particular place in his native home, they said.

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