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Daughter hides mum's body for 6 months to get pension

A TV actress didn't report about her 95-year-old mother's death and hid her corpse in house for six months in order to get state pension worth £200. Read on for more details.

entertainment Updated: Jun 15, 2011 14:35 IST

A television actress his her 95 year-old mother's corpse in her house for six months! Why? She and her daughter wanted to cash in on her mother's pension worth £200.

Hazel Maddock, 61, and her daughter Jasmine, 35, did not report the death of her mother Olive so that they could get their hands on her state pension and top-up credits. Police found her remains behind their bedroom door.

"What they did is disgusting. And for a few extra quid. They're the lowest of the low," a neighbour told the Sun.

A family friend was disgusted to hear this news, "Olive was such a kindly old lady. It sends my blood cold to think of her lying there. I asked after Olive's health several times but Hazel said she wasn't up to coming out and had 'gone a bit loopy'. I didn't notice a smell - but the people next door did."

Forensic experts have found out that Olive died of natural causes between two and six months before her body was found.

Both women got out on bail but will be sentenced later. "You must expect the possibility of a custodial sentence. These are serious matters," judge Gerald Clifton warned the accused.

Hazel had appeared in TV shows like Brookside, Hollyoaks and The Outsiders.

First Published: Jun 14, 2011 18:51 IST