Burial halted amid fugitive probe
Published 24/11/2011 | 11:06
A burial had to be stopped at the last minute after police received a tip-off that the dead man was a fugitive who had been on the run for 24 years.
Andrew Paterson, formerly of Tenby, South Wales, fled the UK after being accused of £17,000 fraud.
He had managed to evade police since 1987, under the alias of Mark Attwood.
The father-of-six later travelled the world setting up a number of successful holiday resorts, before dying at his home in India from a heart attack last month.
His third wife decided to carry out his dying wish for Paterson to be buried in the Pembrokeshire village where he grew up.
However, Dyfed-Powys Police said his burial was halted on the day of his funeral, with officers taking away the 58-year-old's body for fingerprint checks.
Police said the information about Paterson's dual identity came to light on the day of his funeral, which was to take place at St Mary's Church, Begelly.
"The funeral director contacted the coroner and referred the investigation to police," the spokesman added.
"The funeral took place, but the interment did not."
Paterson was finally laid to rest on Monday this week, and it is understood he had both names etched on his headstone.