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Granny's corpse left to rot in flat as woman pocketed pension

A mother and daughter who left the corpse of a grandmother unburied for up to six months while one drew her pension have been told they face jail.

The body of Olive Maddock (95) was left rotting in the bedroom of her Merseyside home by daughter Olive Hazel Maddock, known as Hazel, and granddaughter Jasmine (35).

Hazel Maddock admitted unlawful prevention of burial 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 pleaded guilty to leaving the corpse of her grandmother unburied.

Police found Olive Maddock's body last August after a neighbour raised concerns.

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

The court heard the grandmother was thought to have died of natural causes any time between two and six months earlier.

Both women were granted bail on condition of residence to addresses shown to the court.

The pair will be sentenced on Friday, July 1.

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