Woman who left corpse unburied to claim benefits jailed
Published 01/07/2011 | 12:39
A woman who left her mother's corpse unburied for up to six months was jailed for 11 months today. Her daughter was given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid community service.
The body of Olive Maddock, 95, was left rotting in the bedroom of her Merseyside home by daughter Olive Hazel Maddock, known as Hazel, and granddaughter Jasmine, 35.
The pair were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today after Hazel Maddock, 61, pleaded guilty to unlawful prevention of burial at an earlier hearing.
Maddock, a television extra who has worked on Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks, also admitted fraudulently obtaining one payment of her dead mother's state pension of £176.92 and a single payment of pension credit of £34.44.
Jasmine, an artist, pleaded guilty to leaving the corpse of her grandmother unburied. She was also given a two-year supervision order.