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Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Does man have leg to stand on in custody battle?

This is a nice weird news story found on the BBC news site.
A man may face a legal custody battle to reclaim his OWN leg!

The original (or should I say genetic) owner of the leg, Mr John Wood had the leg amputated after a plane crash in 2004, but had asked to keep it so that he could be buried as a whole man when he dies.
He stored the leg in a barbecue smoker. Which, along with other possessions, was kept in a storage facility after he lost his home.

Unfortunately for Mr Wood, things were going from bad to worse.
Not only did he lose his home but after a time he got behind on his rental payments at the storage facility.
So the storage company in North Carolina auctioned off his possessions including the barbecue smoker and all its contents.

After buying the smoker, the winning bidder Mr Shannon Whisnant later discovered the leg inside, wrapped in a wire screen. He took the leg to the police. Once they established it had not been removed as a result of a crime they sent it to the local funeral home (I'm not sure why either) for Mr Wood to retrieve.

Straight forward enough you may think. But wait; Mr Whisnant (buyer of the smoker and its contents) wanted the leg back! But the funeral home refused.
So he tried to persuade Mr Wood to share custody of the leg. He said with "Halloween just around the corner" he could make money off of it and Mr Wood could share in the profits.

Mr Wood however was not interested in making money from it, he just wanted his leg back. Having his 'business plan' rejected, Mr Whisnant has threatened to begin legal action if the leg is not returned to HIM by next week.
He says he has a receipt from the auction showing he bought the smoker AND its contents.

It wasn't mentioned in the news story but I have a sneaking suspicion that Mr Whisnant is secretly planning to establish himself as a Rolf Harris - Jake The Peg tribute band to tour North Carolina and the rest of the US. Hehe.

Check out Rolf doing his thing at the Royal Albert hall. Haha.

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