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Lancashire benefits fraudster jailed for keeping his father's rotting corpse in bed for five months

A man left his father's dead body in bed for nearly five months so he could claim his benefit payments - even telling his innocent 10-year-old daughter that her grandfather was just asleep.
Christopher Blackburn was jailed for three years after police found the body of his father Guy, 54, on a bed in the living room of his home in Penwortham, Lancashire.

The macabre discovery was made last March, after neighbours raised concerns.
Blackburn, 29, had been living at the house alongside the body but kept quiet about his father's death from natural causes as he pocketed nearly £2,000.
Blackburn, now of Birkby, Huddersfield, admitted preventing a lawful and decent burial of a dead body between October 31, 2010 and March 22 last year.
He also pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to theft after collecting £1,869 of his father's income support payments from the post office.

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Added: Mar-14-2012 
By: HeadlessCorpse
Regional News
Tags: Fraud,
Location: England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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