The burial at the Kingstown Cemetery that was cancelled on Saturday after the controversial filming of a political video at the gravesite will take place on Wednesday (tomorrow).
iWitness News was reliably informed on Tuesday that a new grave in the cemetery is to be the final resting place of the deceased woman.
On Tuesday, iWitness News visited the cemetery and the grave, which was not used on Saturday, remained opened.
In the meantime, Cultural Ambassador Rondy “Luta” McIntosh has taken responsibility for the decision of his team to film footage for a political song at the gravesite.
He said that he had received permission, but declined to say from whom.
McIntosh, however, said that the family of the deceased had rejected the grave because it had not been dug in the requested location in the cemetery.
iWitness News was reliably informed that the various parties involved, including the funeral home, the grave diggers and the Town Board are preparing reports regarding the incident.
Our sources said that when the funeral procession reached the cemetery, a relative of the deceased called the funeral home to say they would not be using the grave for the burial because it had been desecrated.
On Tuesday, there were pieces of artificial yellow flowers strewn in and around the grave, and part of the sides had collapsed, with the dirt falling inside.
McIntosh said on Hot FM, on Monday, that the person who was supposed to clean up after the filming had not done so.
The soca artiste, who is also an activist for the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), is believed to have been filming a mock funeral of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).
The video is for the election campaign.
McIntosh’s props on Saturday included a cardboard coffin, painted yellow, the flagship colour of the NDP, while the actors wore military style outfits and red berets — red being the colour used by the ULP.
iWitness News understands that the family of the deceased woman complained to the funeral home that they were not going to use the grave as they felt that they held the view that the site had been desecrated.
Our information is that after the state grants permission for the digging of a grave at Kingstown Cemetery, the funeral home may contract persons to prepare the grave, or the family has the option of hiring its own gravediggers.
The digging of the grave on Saturday was part of the package offered by the funeral home, iWitness News was reliably informed.
The family of the deceased is said to have made a special request that the grave be in a location where someone in a vehicle could observe the burial.
This request is said to have been made because a close relative of the deceased uses a wheelchair and cannot otherwise witness the burial or visit the gravesite in the future.
When special requests are made regarding the location of a grave, the family, the funeral home and the gravediggers generally identify the site together.
However, something is said to have gone wrong on Saturday and the grave was dug along an incline near one of the perimeter walls of the cemetery.
Our sources say that when a request for a special gravesite is granted and there is a development preventing the digging of the grave, the funeral home is generally contacted.
iWitness News understands that no such report was made in relation to the burial that should have taken place on Saturday.
Sometimes, gravediggers might encounter large rocks, tree roots or human remains, causing them to abandon a particular spot, and dig a different grave elsewhere.
However, for some reason, only when the funeral arrived at the cemetery for the burial on Saturday did the family realise that the grave had not been dug in the requested location.
iWitness News understands that some members of the family had made a case for the body to be buried in the grave that McIntosh had used.
They, however, decided against it because of the condition in which the grave was left after the filming.