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In memoriam – son’s request to change wording on parents’ headstone denied
30 January 2015
A man has had his application to alter the form of his name appearing on his parents' gravestone dismissed by the Supreme Court of South Australia.
Mr Boni (the plaintiff), whose name is registered on his birth certificate as "David" (and to which he identifies) was referred to as "Davide" by his allegedly abusive Italian-speaking father Maurizio Boni. It is this Italian form of the plaintiff's name that has been inscribed on his parents' headstone, which was designed by his deceased father. Mr Boni attested that seeing his name spelt "Davide" on the stone "...caused him to immediately recall feelings of fear, helplessness and horror", and requested that the inscription be changed to read "David" and that the costs of the alterations and the court proceedings be borne by the Estate.
Judge Withers found that as Maurizio Boni held the sole grant to the headstone before his passing that it was his entitlement to determine its wording and so describing the plaintiff as "Davide" was his right.
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