Police called to funeral of private Mark Connolly

There were ugly scenes in Forfar on Friday when the funeral took place of Black Watch soldier Private Mark Connolly.

Tempers flared at Newmonthill Cemetery following the funeral ceremony in the Legion Scotland’s Academy Street building.

Private Connolly (24), from Methil in Fife, died in May 2011 after fellow soldier Paul McKay knocked him to the ground with a single punch at a pub while they were stationed in Germany.

His body lay in a morgue in London for three years during a long legal battle between his widow, Stacy, and his mother, Linda McComiskie.

A court ruled he should be laid to rest in Forfar, according to his widow’s wishes.

The Police were called amid distressing scenes at the graveside when Mrs McComiskie launched a tirade of abuse at her son’s widow and had to be held back.

They remained at the scene as the Afghanistan war hero’s body was finally interred before a 21-gun salute

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers were in attendance at the funeral of soldier Mark Connolly and there was a minor altercation that was dealt with sensitively and with due respect. No complaint has been received and no arrests were made.”