Mother's pain at grave theft
A GRAFTON mum is desperately hoping a bicycle taken from the grave of her six-year-old son will be returned once the thief realises the bike’s significance.
The bike belonged to Kristy Pace’s son Lachlan, who died 14 months ago while having a bath.
An autopsy found he lost consciousness and drowned, perhaps due to an epileptic seizure or hereditary heart condition.
The matter is still before the State Coroner and Kristy is doing her best to carry on with her other children.
But a week ago she was stunned to learn that Lachlan’s bike had been taken from beside his grave at the Clarence Lawn Cemetery on Armidale Road.
“I’m more sad than angry,” Kristy said.
“Maybe the person who took it didn’t realise it was from a grave.
“I’m not interested in pressing charges or anything, I just want it back.”
The bike had remained concealed in bushes beside the grave for more than a year – ever since Kristy placed Lachlan’s favourite toys and belongings at his gravesite a week after his burial.
The bike (pictured) is a red Repco children’s bike that Lachlan used every day.
Shortly before he died, Lachlan painted the back tyre and seat white with house paint, so Kristy said it should be easy to recognise.
While Kristy noticed it missing a week ago, she said the cemetery caretaker noticed it gone the week before.
She reported the theft to police but suspects it was taken by kids. She is urging anyone who recognises the bike to either contact police or return it to the Clarence Lawn Cemetery, where it can be left anytime outside the caretaker’s office.
She is desperate to have the bike returned.
“The bike was one of his favourite things,” she said.
“I’ve thought about buying another one but it wouldn’t be the same because it wasn’t his. He wouldn’t have ridden it.”