THE body of a Scots soldier is to remain in a London morgue - after his mother challenged a court ruling over where he should be buried three years on from his death.

Private Mark Connolly, 24, died after fellow squaddie Paul McKay, 27, killed him with a single punch at a pub in Germany where they were stationed.

Private McKay was later cleared of manslaughter after a court martial heard he acted in self-defence. But three years on Mark's body remains in a morgue in London after a rift between his wife Stacy Connolly and his mother Linda McComiskie erupted with both sides determined to bury him in different places.

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Last month Mrs Connolly won the right to lay him to rest in Forfar after a bitterly fought civil case at the Angus town's sheriff court.

Sheriff Valerie Johnston criticised the deceased's mother in a 23 page judgment - for having "little regard for the body of her son languishing in storage in London for over three years".

She said Private ­Connolly's mother had shown a "distinct lack of compassion" towards his wife - and that she was "incapable of adopting an unbiased approach".

Sheriff Johnston wrote: "She has been blinded by her own desire to win the argument."