A drug addict who was already serving a prison sentence for burglary has been sentenced to a further 15 months behind bars after confessing to digging up the grave of a couple after hearing rumours they had been buried with money, jewellery or firearms.
43-year-old Wayne Joselyn was already serving a 55-month sentence for burglary when he was sentenced to an additional 15 months after pleading guilty to digging up, and breaking into the coffin of Maud Goodwin, who was buried alongside her husband Kell almost 40 years ago.
The despicable act took place at Carlton Cemetary in Barnsley, resulting in the remains of Mrs Goodwin having to be exhumed as police carried out their investigation.
Mr Goodwin died at the age of 80 in 1982, and Mrs Goodwin passed away two years later, the couple had been together for 60 years.
The disturbing scene was discovered by a local who was tending to a nearby grave on May 2 last year.
Joselyn pleaded guilty to interfering with a grave and outraging public decency.
The Goodwin family expressed their disappointment with what was such a short sentence, they said: "It broke our hearts. We're still stuck for words now.
"As a family we don't feel the sentence reflects the significance of the instruction on Maud and Kell, the impact on us, nor the work put in by South Yorkshire Police, who have not just worked tirelessly on this case but also shown so much compassion."
Joselyn has never expressed his reasons behind the disturbing act, however, the court was told how it was likely because of a "bizarre rumour" that jewellery, money, or firearms were buried in the cemetery.
The family addressed Joselyn directly in their statement, they said: "Why did you do it? Do you realise what you have done to us as a family? Knowing the answer to this may help finally bring us some closure."
Detective Constable Toni Wain said: "As a family liaison officer it is my job to be the link between the family and the investigation team and gather information.
"I have seen first-hand how this disturbing crime has affected the family both emotionally and psychologically.
"They have handled it with such dignity, strength, and patience while the investigation was ongoing."