Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dead mother left to rot in bedroom so daughter could keep her benefits, court told

An actress left her dead mother to rot in a bedroom for up to six months so she could keep her £200 benefits.

Hazel Maddock, 61, and daughter Jasmine were told they could go to prison after they admitted failing to report the death of Olive, 95.

Police found Olive's remains behind a bedroom door in a foul-smelling, rat-infested house in Wallasey, Merseyside.

Hazel also pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming state pension and top-up credits for Olive.

Judge Gerald Clifton bailed both women at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday. They will be sentenced later. He warned them to expect jail.

Experts believe Olive died of natural causes between two and six months before her body was found.


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