A UK actress and her daughter are in trouble with the law after it was discovered that the women kept their mother/grandmother’s dead, decomposing body locked up in the house for over 6 months while they claimed her state pension benefits. A suspicious friend tipped off the police when they realized they hadn’t heard anything about the grandmother for a while.
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An actress left her dead mother’s body in bed for up to seven months while she claimed her state pension. When Olive Maddock, 95, died of natural causes her daughter, Hazel Maddock, 61, and granddaughter, Jasmine Maddock, 35, did not organise her funeral. Although they shared the same house they claim not to have noticed the widow had died, as she was an eccentric who often shut herself in her room and kept herself to herself for weeks at a time. Hazel Maddock, a singer, model and television actress, continued cashing her state pension, until a suspicious friend called police who discovered the body.
Officers were horrified when they visited the filthy, ramshackle semi-detached property in Wallasey, Merseyside, last August and discovered the remains. It is understood that Mrs Maddock, who had a hatred and fear of doctors, had barricaded herself in her room and police had to break down the door. The pathologist who examined her was unable to ascertain exactly when she died, but estimated it was several months earlier.
Jasmine Maddock, a professional artist, told police she had last seen her grandmother two months earlier. The mother and daughter were arrested and earlier this week they appeared before magistrates in Birkenhead charged with preventing the decent and lawful burial of Mrs Maddock sometime between January 1, 2010, and August 2, 2010. Hazel is also charged with one count of fraud in relation to cashing the dead woman’s state pension. Neither woman entered a plea and both were granted unconditional bail to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on January 20.
Last night a source close to the investigation told the Daily Mail: “A friend alerted the authorities after talking to Hazel. She became suspicious that no one had had any contact with Mrs Maddock for so long. Officers attended and discovered the house was a complete tip, it was infested with rats and mice. There was stuff piled everywhere and a foul smell throughout.”
Last night a close friend of Jasmine’s told the Daily Mail that she would be denying any wrongdoing. Olive Maddock was an eccentric who confined herself to her room and didn’t speak to anyone for weeks on end,” the friend said. “She refused to wash in years and the house had no working toilet. Jasmine was beaten and forced to clean up the mess by her grandmother – she was a slave to her.
“The house smelt so bad that Jasmine and her mother didn’t notice it get any worse when Olive died. They used to pass food into her room. Although there came a point when they wondered what was going on, it was a complete shock to Jasmine when the police broke in and found her grandmother’s body.”
Un-be-freakin-lievable. These people ain’t sh*t!!!