A 54-year-old "hoarder" has been given a suspended jail sentence for concealing the body of his elderly mother in a freezer at their home in order to continue receiving her benefits.
Philipe Brough, of Charles Street, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful and decent burial and fraud.
The body of his 90-year-old mother, Louise Brough, was found in the freezer of their flat in Tyseley Road, Portsmouth, in August last year. A post-mortem examination was carried out which found she died of natural causes but that she had been dead since about the end of February.
Sentencing Brough to an eight-month term of imprisonment suspended for 12 months with a 12-month supervision order, Judge Roger Hetherington said Brough acted out of an "emotional inability to cope".
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