A man has been jailed after hiding his partner’s body in a house for more than a year whilst continuing to claim her government benefits.
Greater Manchester Police made the gruesome discovery at a home in Bolton, north west England after launching an investigation into the missing woman earlier this year.
“In January 2017, officers launched a murder investigation after 44-year-old Vicky Cherry had not been seen for more than a year,” police said in a statement.
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According to the statement, the accused, Andrew Reade told people that he and Vicky had split up and that she had moved away, however investigations revealed Vicky’s employment support allowance was still being withdrawn in the same town.
After noticing things didn’t quite add up, officers executed a search warrant at Reade’s home and made the shock discovery.
“During a search of the house, officers sadly discovered Vicky’s body, which further enquiries established had been concealed in the house for more than a year.
“When interviewed by police Reade denied murder but admitted he hid Vicky’s body after she died and had lied to her family and police about her whereabouts. He also admitted to taking her benefits for several months after her death.”
Reade was sentenced to four years and four months behind bars in Bolton Crown Court after pleading guilty to preventing the burial of a body and perverting the course of justice.
— G M Police (@gmpolice) June 5, 2017