Judge: Don't turn daddy into a diamond

3rd April 2007, Comments 0 comments

3 April 2007, Wiesbaden, Germany (dpa) - A German teenager who demanded that her father's ashes be transformed to a synthetic diamond was stopped by a German court Tuesday after a protest from the dead man's aged mother. "My father told me in November before he died that he wanted to become a diamond. His intentions should prevail," the daughter, 19, said. But judges in the city of Wiesbaden said she had not proven this. Diamonds, which form under very high pressure, are a crystalline form of carbon, which

3 April 2007

Wiesbaden, Germany (dpa) - A German teenager who demanded that her father's ashes be transformed to a synthetic diamond was stopped by a German court Tuesday after a protest from the dead man's aged mother.

"My father told me in November before he died that he wanted to become a diamond. His intentions should prevail," the daughter, 19, said. But judges in the city of Wiesbaden said she had not proven this.

Diamonds, which form under very high pressure, are a crystalline form of carbon, which is also the principal element in ash. It was not clear if the daughter planned to wear Dad as an heirloom jewel.

The grandmother, 86, sought an injunction to stop the cemetery releasing the funerary urn to be taken to a Swiss diamond laboratory.

She testified that the man visited the cemetery with her as he was dying in December of cancer and said, "I'll be resting here soon as well."

Judges said that in the absence of written instructions, they preferred to believe the man's preferences were conventional.

The two women have refused to negotiate. The teenager is considering an appeal.

DPA

Subject: German news

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