Nottingham murder victim buried without his brain

Police examining Mr Ghafoor's taxi after his murder 18-years-ago Credit: ITV Central

The family of a Nottingham taxi driver who was murdered 18-years-ago say they have been "shocked to the core" after discovering he was buried without his brain. Today in a ceremony they will lay his organ to rest.

The 26-year-old taxi driver Ethsham Ul-Haq Ghafoor died after being shot in 1994 in Gedling, Nottingham.

It was not until an audit of human tissue that had been retained from historical investigations was carried out at the Queen's Medical Centre that it was discovered Mr Ghafoor's brain was not buried with his body.

Mr Ghafoor's brain had been retained for examination after his murder and stored at the Queen's Medical Centre.

Nottinghamshire Police have said at the time of Mr Ghafoor's death there was no specific law on how tissue taken from victims should be stored.

Assistant Chief Constable, Paul Broadbent said:

The murder of Ethsham Ul-Haq Ghafoor has never been solved. Assistant Chief Constable Broadbent says Nottinghamshire Police are reviewing his case. He added that the force is now "extremely robust" in keeping relatives of victims fully informed when samples are taken.

Despite the apologies from Nottinghamshire Police, the family of Mr Ghafoor say they will seek justice, to find the taxi driver's killer and to find out why his organ was stored without consulting them.