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Actress hid dead mother's body in bedroom to claim her pension

A television actress left her elderly mother's body rotting in a bedroom for up to six months so she could continue collecting her pension after she died.

Hazel Maddock, an extra on the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks, and her daughter Jasmine Maddock, were yesterday told they face jail over the fraud.

Hazel Maddock, 61, admitted a charge of unlawfully preventing the burial of her mother Olive Maddock, 95, when she appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.

She also pleaded guilty to 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 Maddock, 35, an artist, pleaded guilty to leaving the corpse of her grandmother unburied.

Police found Olive Maddock's body last August after a neighbour raised concerns and officers gained entry to the house the three women shared in Saltburn Road, Wallasey.

They found the remains of the elderly woman slumped behind the door of her bedroom.

Forensic examination did not give an exact cause or date of death but it is thought she died of natural causes any time between two and six months earlier.

Both women, who no longer live together or at the Wallasey home they shared with the grandmother, were granted bail on condition of residence to addresses shown to the court.

Judge Gerald Clifton ordered reports and said his allowing them bail should not be interpreted as a signal that their sentences will be non-custodial.

Speaking to Jasmine Maddock, who sobbed throughout today's proceedings, the Judge said: "You must expect the possibility of a custodial sentence."

The pair will be sentenced on Friday, July 1.