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Posted by portugalpress on March 11, 2018

This is the way her native Scottish Daily Record described the latest development in the bizarre case of a woman who buried her husband in the back garden of their home in Guarda.

In fact the paper was quite blunt, saying that Edinburgh-born Louise Khan had “avoided being caged after appearing in court accused of corpse desecration”.

But according to Portuguese media, the 52-year-old - who initially spent three days in custody when the remains of her former partner were finally discovered in February last year (click here) - will be appealing her fine of €790, which, if not paid purportedly carries a jail sentence of 65 days.

The one-day court hearing heard from two witnesses for the prosecution, reports SIC television news, Louise Khan herself and a friend of hers.

Unlike another case of a British expat where a body was found buried in a back garden in the Algarve (click here), there was never any suggestion in this story that the death of truck driver Alyn Pennycook was suspicious.

He had been “diagnosed with a brain tumour at a hospital in Manchester”, said reports, and his last wish appears to have been to be buried at the home in Linhares da Beira that he had shared for the last four years with his partner.

When the case first hit the headlines, a “close friend from Edinburgh” told reporters that the couple had “doted on one another”.

Sound engineer Killian Steele said Louise Khan had phoned him to break the news soon after Pennycook died, telling him: “I’m going to bury him in the garden. It’s what he wanted.”

Steele told the Scottish Daily Record that Khan “thought she was acting within the law by burying him” - adding: “I can’t imagine anyone having to dig a hole for her husband’s body - it’s heartbreaking”.

Certainly, Mr Pennycook’s children from a former marriage were heartbroken as they subsequently explained that they “never got to say goodbye” (click here).

They learnt of their father’s death via a short message over Facebook, but have agreed that Alyn Pennycook was “the type of person” who “might have looked at the funeral costs and said: ‘You know what, dig a big trench in the garden and fling me in’.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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