Gravesite of recent murder victim disturbed

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Sister of Joey Whalen calls incident ‘a cruel act’

Ada Whalen could not believe her ears when she heard the gravesite of her late brother Joey Whalen — whose death last month is being treated as a homicide — had been disturbed.

“It’s unbelievable — such a cruel act,” said Ada.

Joseph (Joey) Patrick Whalen, 47, died in hospital on March 17 from injuries sustained four days earlier at a house on Tessier Place in St. John’s. A day after his death, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary arrested 34-year-old Ken Edward Green. Green is charged with second-degree murder.

According to an RNC news release, officers were called to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Mount Pearl shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday to investigate a report that a gravesite had been disturbed overnight. Police are treating the matter as a possible indignity to a human body.

At the gravesite, there was evidence to indicate some digging had taken place. Ada Whalen confirmed to The Telegram that whoever was at the gravesite prior to Wednesday morning managed to dig two feet into the ground.

A stone angel was damaged at the gravesite along with some solar lights, and flowers were scattered in front of it. Footprints were also observed in the area surrounding it.

The family plot also serves as the final resting place for three of Joey Whalen’s relatives — mother Doris Margaret Whalen, brother Edward Whalen, and sister-in-law Linda Whalen.

Asked if the family had its own suspicions about who might have done such a thing, Ada Whalen said, “Not that I know of.” She added police have advised the family to contact them first with any information it may have to help catch the culprit(s).

“This is all a shock to us. We have no idea, as of right now, why (this happened).”

She said her brother’s death has been very hard on the family.

“My brother was just brutally beaten to death. And now this. It’s unreal.”

Ada Whalen saw her brother in hospital prior to his death and said his body looked like something you would see on an American crime television series.

“When he was into the hospital, he was brutally bleeding. It was like something you would see on Criminal Minds or CSI. It was unreal what was done to him. We can’t get it out of our minds.”

The RNC said according to the Criminal Code of Canada, anyone can be found guilty of an indictable offence if they have “improperly or indecently” interfered with or committed an indignity to a human body.

The home to which police were called on Tessier Place on March 13 is believed to have been a drug house, according to reports from people in the neighbourhood. A public meeting involving residents of the area, members of city council, and the RNC was scheduled to take place Wednesday evening.

Green’s case will be back in court on May 8.

 

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

 

Geographic location: Tessier Place, Mount Pearl, Canada

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  • brian t
    April 05, 2013 - 09:27

    why is this man a coward he has his right to comment on what happened you on the other hand is concerned about disgusted not leaving his real name i wouldnt blame him the city is gone to the dogs do you know any information or are you involved in this sick act of lowlife activity .

  • M
    April 04, 2013 - 10:12

    We have no one to blame for this but ourselves. We catch them and let them go. We allowed Mr. Whalen to die and we allowed his grave site to be disturbed. How can this be you say? No doubt the person(s) who murdered Mr. Whalen and the person(s) who disturbed his grave all had prior convictions … and we let them go. We allowed them to be set free. Don’t blame the courts or the system Shame on us for not even attempting to change this mess. More and bigger prisons. No parole. Hard time for hard crimes No rehabilitation MORE PROTECTION FOR LAW ABIDING CITIZENS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR PROPERTY.

    • Roni
      April 06, 2013 - 05:32

      How exactly are we responsible for his death and the disturbance of his grave? You are saying we are responsible simply because some inmates are released early for good behavior or given too light of a sentence in your opinion? How long do you think inmates who are not murderers should serve? America has some of the strictest laws in the world and we have the 2nd highest amount of people incarcerated (Russia is #1). You said we just need to build more supermax prisons to help with the over crowding in our prisons system and it would allow longer sentences. So my question to you is where do we find the money to build all these prison you want? Our country is in serious debt so where should they get the money from? That money would have to come out of the allotted money for things like schools or or SSI. I'm not saying that I don't agree with you it's just that its not so simple to build more prisons.

    • Roni
      April 06, 2013 - 05:34

      How exactly are we responsible for his death and the disturbance of his grave? You are saying we are responsible simply because some inmates are released early for good behavior or given too light of a sentence in your opinion? How long do you think inmates who are not murderers should serve? America has some of the strictest laws in the world and we have the 2nd highest amount of people incarcerated (Russia is #1). You said we just need to build more supermax prisons to help with the over crowding in our prisons system and it would allow longer sentences. So my question to you is where do we find the money to build all these prison you want? Our country is in serious debt so where should they get the money from? That money would have to come out of the allotted money for things like schools or or SSI. I'm not saying that I don't agree with you it's just that its not so simple to build more prisons.

  • angered
    April 04, 2013 - 08:37

    some people makes ya wonder like really was that nessary? they should be caught and let the public deal with them because the justice system would fail as usual. i hope they are reading this you are a coward,lowlife ,scum...you will get caught because nothing in newfoundland stays a secret for long and i hope you get just what you deserve...some peoples children i tell ya....

  • darls
    April 04, 2013 - 07:17

    Now know this guy was no angel but to disturb his grave..what crazy people live in that city...and didn't his family suffer enough...I hope they catch these lowlifes...but with our justice system i'm guessin that will never happen....

  • santo
    April 04, 2013 - 06:48

    It is scary to think of how sick some people can be! And those same people are walking among us. Why would anyone want to dig up a grave? The man was murdered, no question, beaten to death, that's a fact. Time to let him rest in peace, yet someone out there still wants to torture him and his family. No respect for the living or the dead. How scary is that?!

  • Disgusted
    April 04, 2013 - 06:32

    What kind of reprobates disturb the dead? Cowards do because the dead cannot fight back. Cowards who think they are getting the last dig or last laugh in. Give me 5 minutes with those who did this. I'll be more convincing than the cops and judges will ever be.

    • Donna Jay
      April 04, 2013 - 09:04

      Ohh, big man, no name. Coward