A GRIEVING woman watched on in horror as hardcore pornography was played at the funeral of her husband and baby boy who had both died in a tragic New Year’s Eve crash.
Hundreds had gathered at a crematorium in Cardiff to pay their respects to Simon Lewis, 33, and Simon Lewis Junior, who were killed in a head-on collision in Wales on December 31.
Amanda Lewis, from Trowbridge, was six months pregnant at the time of the accident. The couple’s baby boy was delivered via emergency c-section but died a few hours later.
Now the mourners at Wednesday’s funeral were left in shock as the one of the screens displayed a pornographic clip.
Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe, who led the funeral service, told Wales Online: “I remember looking up at the screen and seeing some type of video came on and a very loud noise.
“I look at my congregations instead of the TV screen, but when I heard this noise and members of the congregation moving towards the screen, I realised something was wrong.
“Members of the family were very distressed, and Simon’s father-in-law was desperately upset.
“Thankfully an engineer came to fix it and turn it off. It seems to be some kind of electronic accident.
“I was extremely saddened for the family at losing Simon and the baby, and this was not what anybody could have ever imagined or wanted. My heart goes out to all the friends and family present.”
Cardiff Council which runs the service has issued an apology and launched an investigation.
A council spokesman said: “The council has forwarded a written apology to the family and is carrying out an urgent investigation. There were four television screens used to display visual tributes as part of this funeral service.
“The television screen which showed the inappropriate content was recently installed, replacing a screen which was broken. We are trying to establish if the new screen – which is a SMART television – could have accepted or picked up a broadcast by accident via blue tooth or across a WiFi network.
“The other three screens which aren’t SMART TVs were unaffected. We are clear that it isn’t possible for any member of staff to play or download anything on the computer that links to the screens in the chapel. The screen has now been completely disconnected until audio visual engineers carry out a thorough investigation.
“We would like to take this opportunity to send our sincere apologies to the family their relatives, friends and mourners at the funeral.”