Gray facing more charges
CHARGES of stealing from the dead, made against Ballina Funeral Home director Neil Edward Gray, continue to mount as he prepares to front court at Ballina again today.
Police in February added another 10 charges to the accusations Gray stole items such as jewellery from the bodies of people entrusted to him to prepare for cremation.
Gray, 67, of East Ballina, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Shortly before Christmas he declared the accusations against him were “totally unfounded and the truth will prevail”.
Police yesterday announced they had added another two charges to the list, this time from people claiming to have been defrauded after pre-paying for funerals at the Ballina Funeral Home, which Gray owns with his estranged wife.
There’s been no suggestion Gray’s estranged wife was in any way complicit in the charges laid against him.
The new accusations bring the charges laid against Gray to about 20.
Yesterday, Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Inspector Greg Moore, called on anyone who had bought funeral bonds or pre-paid funerals through the funeral home to check with their funds to make sure their money was secure.