Is not everyday you hear a 54-year-old “hoarder” has been given a suspended jail sentence, for concealing the body of his elderly mother in a freezer at their home in order to continue receiving her benefits.
Meet Philipe Brough, of Portsmouth, Hampshire who pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful and decent burial, and fraud. Brough admitted failing to disclose to the Department for Work and Pensions that she had died in order to continue claiming her pension and the benefits he received for being her carer.
The body of his 90-year-old mother, Louise Brough, was found in the freezer of their flat in Portsmouth in August last year. A post mortem examination was carried out, which found she had died of natural causes but had been dead since about the end of February.