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No charges for airport body pair

Two women arrested when trying to take a dead relative on a plane will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Gitta Jarant and her daughter Anke Anusic were arrested at Liverpool John Lennon Airport in April when it transpired Kurt Willi Jarant, 91, was dead.

Mr Jarant, known as Willi, was in a wheelchair and wearing sunglasses when officials checked his pulse and found no life.

Mrs Jarant, 66, and Mrs Anusic, 41, - the man's widow and stepdaughter - were due to board a flight to Berlin when police swooped to arrest them on suspicion of failing to give notification of death.

Martin Hill, reviewing lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "Having carefully reviewed a file of evidence presented to me by police, I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring any charges in relation to the death of Kurt Willi Jarrant."

It is understood the case was dropped because the time of death could not be ascertained.

The women denied claims that Mr Jarant, a German national, had already been dead for some time and they had managed to ferry him from their home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, by taxi.

The pair said that, when they arrived at the airport, two employees brought a wheelchair to the taxi and helped the Alzheimer's sufferer out.

They told officials he was asleep because they genuinely thought he was.


From Belfast Telegraph