Man kept mother's body in freezer so he could collect her benefits

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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 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.

Brough admitted failing to disclose to the Department for Work and Pensions that she had died in order to continue claiming her pension and the benefits he received for being her carer.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, told Portsmouth Crown Court that Mrs Brough had moved to the flat in the 1970s when her son was aged 11 and following the death of her husband, the defendant's father.

He said that in recent years, Mrs Brough had been bed-bound and only occasionally seen out of the flat. The defendant had given up his job in 2008 to be her full-time carer.

But Mr Booth said concerns about her whereabouts were raised when Portsmouth City Council attempted to contact her in August as extensive refurbishment needed to be carried out at their council flat requiring them to temporarily move out.

He explained that Brough, of Charles Street, Portsmouth, appeared evasive when asked about his mother and refused council staff access to the property.

The police were alerted and Brough told officers his mother was living with an aunt in London.

When this was found to be false, Brough was arrested on suspicion of murder and the freezer was found concealed in her house, Mr Booth said.

He added that following the police investigation, there was no suggestion that Brough caused or was involved in the death of his mother.

Describing the state of the flat when it was searched by police, Mr Booth said: ''It was described as being in something of a state of disarray, it contained a large amount of property cluttering up most of the space in it.

''It was described as typical of the type of person one would associated with as a hoarder.''

He continued: ''As they cleared items out of it, they found in the corner of a room, hidden behind a mattress, an upright freezer which had been covered by a large cardboard box.

''The freezer was described as being in working order, they found it was plugged in, the power lead was concealed behind various pieces of wood on the floor.

''Industrial tape was placed across the door seals, all designed to prevent the door opening accidentally.

''When the freezer was opened, it revealed the dead body of an elderly white female dressed in her nightclothes. The body was described as frozen solid and was wrapped in a duvet or sheet.''

Mr Booth said the total amount of benefits falsely claimed was £5,390 although Brough had since repaid £2,000 of this.

Matthew Jewell, defending, said his client had a history of depression and had panicked when his mother had died. He said Brough's primary concern was a fear that he would lose his home following his mother's death and he had not set out to commit fraud.

Mr Jewell said: ''This is not a wicked or evil offence, it's an offence borne of distress, depression of an emotional breakdown.''

Sentencing Brough to an eight-month term of imprisonment suspended for 12 months with a 12-month supervision order, Judge Roger Hetherington said he accepted Brough had acted out of an ''emotional inability to cope''.

He said: ''What is inexcusable is to embark on the elaborate course that you did involving a considerable deception over a period of time in dealing with your mother's death in the way that you did.''

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4:30pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

he should have his assets frozen
he should have his assets frozen mickey01
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Mon 10 Mar 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Filthy Skate
Filthy Skate RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: -6

4:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

kiddynamite says...

A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate! kiddynamite
  • Score: -4

5:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Everyday life in good ole Pompey town...........
Everyday life in good ole Pompey town........... Jan28th1984
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

charrlee says...

Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments.

Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?
Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments. Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires? charrlee
  • Score: 26

5:08pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

i know mums go to iceland but thats taking it a bit too far
i know mums go to iceland but thats taking it a bit too far mickey01
  • Score: 40

5:47pm Mon 10 Mar 14

kiddynamite says...

kiddynamite wrote:
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
So whats your suggestions? Tell him well done and pat him on the back?
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate![/p][/quote]So whats your suggestions? Tell him well done and pat him on the back? kiddynamite
  • Score: -12

6:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Mugsey2 says...

I've cut down on my electric bill this winter by turning my freezer off and keeping all my frozen food in my dear old mums living room
I've cut down on my electric bill this winter by turning my freezer off and keeping all my frozen food in my dear old mums living room Mugsey2
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Is it a council flat? if it is he only merits a studio flat so he also deceived the council so move him & let a couple who want to downsize have this flat
Is it a council flat? if it is he only merits a studio flat so he also deceived the council so move him & let a couple who want to downsize have this flat loosehead
  • Score: -11

6:33pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Charlie Bucket says...

charrlee wrote:
Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments.

Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?
Quite. It's baffling. Anyways, welcome back Billy
[quote][p][bold]charrlee[/bold] wrote: Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments. Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?[/p][/quote]Quite. It's baffling. Anyways, welcome back Billy Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 5

8:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

Some people are just so cold hearted.
Some people are just so cold hearted. dolomiteman
  • Score: -2

8:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Huey says...

Ahhhh what a place
Ahhhh what a place Huey
  • Score: -12

8:41pm Mon 10 Mar 14

charrlee says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
charrlee wrote:
Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments.

Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?
Quite. It's baffling. Anyways, welcome back Billy
I'm sorry Stillness/Georgem/Fr
oots/Gingerfader/Lon
eRanger/Rightway, but I am not Billy. I wish I was as he clearly has become a legend.

I've been here since the beginning of time under various different guises, watching, reading. I was here when southy gave birth to Dan Kerins, King of the Forum! And hasn't he turned out fine? Fair, helpful, decisive............
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I thoroughly enjoyed the way Billy gave you and the other trolls "what for" !

I know Billy will never come back, but I will keep up a constant vigil in the hope that, one day, we will see the return of..................
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[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charrlee[/bold] wrote: Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments. Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?[/p][/quote]Quite. It's baffling. Anyways, welcome back Billy[/p][/quote]I'm sorry Stillness/Georgem/Fr oots/Gingerfader/Lon eRanger/Rightway, but I am not Billy. I wish I was as he clearly has become a legend. I've been here since the beginning of time under various different guises, watching, reading. I was here when southy gave birth to Dan Kerins, King of the Forum! And hasn't he turned out fine? Fair, helpful, decisive............ .................... .... I thoroughly enjoyed the way Billy gave you and the other trolls "what for" ! I know Billy will never come back, but I will keep up a constant vigil in the hope that, one day, we will see the return of.................. .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .Clausentum ! charrlee
  • Score: -8

9:05pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Huffter says...

kiddynamite wrote:
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate![/p][/quote]"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has? Huffter
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Mon 10 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Huffter wrote:
kiddynamite wrote:
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?
this guy thought so much of his mother he froze her so he could rob us the tax payers & we're heartless for criticising the sentence he was given?
I can just picture it "Mum when you die I'm going to put your body in the freezer so I can live the good life is that okay?"
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate![/p][/quote]"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?[/p][/quote]this guy thought so much of his mother he froze her so he could rob us the tax payers & we're heartless for criticising the sentence he was given? I can just picture it "Mum when you die I'm going to put your body in the freezer so I can live the good life is that okay?" loosehead
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

gives a whole new meaning to frozen pension.
gives a whole new meaning to frozen pension. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 6

8:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

Charlie Bucket says...

charrlee wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
charrlee wrote:
Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments.

Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?
Quite. It's baffling. Anyways, welcome back Billy
I'm sorry Stillness/Georgem/Fr

oots/Gingerfader/Lon

eRanger/Rightway, but I am not Billy. I wish I was as he clearly has become a legend.

I've been here since the beginning of time under various different guises, watching, reading. I was here when southy gave birth to Dan Kerins, King of the Forum! And hasn't he turned out fine? Fair, helpful, decisive............

....................

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I thoroughly enjoyed the way Billy gave you and the other trolls "what for" !

I know Billy will never come back, but I will keep up a constant vigil in the hope that, one day, we will see the return of..................

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.Clausentum !
I think he's gone for good. Well, welcome back anyway. Looks like you've already made new friends (gilbert ratchett). Enjoy.
[quote][p][bold]charrlee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charrlee[/bold] wrote: Every time some sad individual has their dreary existence plastered over the Echo site as a result of them being caught out committing some crime, you always get people coming onto the forum with suggestions for extremely bizarre, cruel, even perverse punishments. Do we have people in Southampton so bent and twisted inside, who want to do terrible things to others, but have no outlet for these cravings? Do they use crime stories as an excuse to voice these psychotic desires?[/p][/quote]Quite. It's baffling. Anyways, welcome back Billy[/p][/quote]I'm sorry Stillness/Georgem/Fr oots/Gingerfader/Lon eRanger/Rightway, but I am not Billy. I wish I was as he clearly has become a legend. I've been here since the beginning of time under various different guises, watching, reading. I was here when southy gave birth to Dan Kerins, King of the Forum! And hasn't he turned out fine? Fair, helpful, decisive............ .................... .... I thoroughly enjoyed the way Billy gave you and the other trolls "what for" ! I know Billy will never come back, but I will keep up a constant vigil in the hope that, one day, we will see the return of.................. .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .Clausentum ![/p][/quote]I think he's gone for good. Well, welcome back anyway. Looks like you've already made new friends (gilbert ratchett). Enjoy. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

10:47am Tue 11 Mar 14

RomseyKeith says...

The amount of frozen/ice/frosty puns on these comments is terrible. It's like watching Schwarzenegger struggle through his role as Mr. Freeze in the terrible Batman & Robin film.
My other half is from Havant. Not all Pompey people are this mercenary when it comes to sponging off the tax payer. However, some are. I knew some who had nowhere to live, so rather than see them homeless they were put up by friends. they stayed at those friends, rent free for a few months, then as soon as that friend was out one weekend, those people robbed them blind. They took the TV, Blu Ray player, PC, their neice's TV and DVD player, a bunch of their DVDs.
Some earn the reputation of Pompey, but some are unfairly maligned.
The amount of frozen/ice/frosty puns on these comments is terrible. It's like watching Schwarzenegger struggle through his role as Mr. Freeze in the terrible Batman & Robin film. My other half is from Havant. Not all Pompey people are this mercenary when it comes to sponging off the tax payer. However, some are. I knew some who had nowhere to live, so rather than see them homeless they were put up by friends. they stayed at those friends, rent free for a few months, then as soon as that friend was out one weekend, those people robbed them blind. They took the TV, Blu Ray player, PC, their neice's TV and DVD player, a bunch of their DVDs. Some earn the reputation of Pompey, but some are unfairly maligned. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 0

11:38am Tue 11 Mar 14

BeyondImagination says...

Poor guy. It must be a great relief his nightmare is over and he will get the help he clearly needs.
Poor guy. It must be a great relief his nightmare is over and he will get the help he clearly needs. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bea66 says...

A very sad story. Poor lady not being able to rest in peace when she passed away. Why? because her son thought more about deception, fraud and money than a prompt funeral for his mum. Just be Truthful in all you do and say in life.
A very sad story. Poor lady not being able to rest in peace when she passed away. Why? because her son thought more about deception, fraud and money than a prompt funeral for his mum. Just be Truthful in all you do and say in life. Bea66
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bassett-Mikey says...

kiddynamite wrote:
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
thick sod - how many mothers does he have???
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate![/p][/quote]thick sod - how many mothers does he have??? Bassett-Mikey
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

loosehead says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
Poor guy. It must be a great relief his nightmare is over and he will get the help he clearly needs.
why is he being put behind bars?
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: Poor guy. It must be a great relief his nightmare is over and he will get the help he clearly needs.[/p][/quote]why is he being put behind bars? loosehead
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

kiddynamite says...

loosehead wrote:
Huffter wrote:
kiddynamite wrote:
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?
this guy thought so much of his mother he froze her so he could rob us the tax payers & we're heartless for criticising the sentence he was given?
I can just picture it "Mum when you die I'm going to put your body in the freezer so I can live the good life is that okay?"
I can take being criticized by retired old hand wringers.If some people want to think this tools behaviour is acceptable crack on, personally i think it is disgusting and sick.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate![/p][/quote]"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?[/p][/quote]this guy thought so much of his mother he froze her so he could rob us the tax payers & we're heartless for criticising the sentence he was given? I can just picture it "Mum when you die I'm going to put your body in the freezer so I can live the good life is that okay?"[/p][/quote]I can take being criticized by retired old hand wringers.If some people want to think this tools behaviour is acceptable crack on, personally i think it is disgusting and sick. kiddynamite
  • Score: -1

6:08pm Wed 12 Mar 14

loosehead says...

kiddynamite wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Huffter wrote:
kiddynamite wrote:
A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate!
"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?
this guy thought so much of his mother he froze her so he could rob us the tax payers & we're heartless for criticising the sentence he was given?
I can just picture it "Mum when you die I'm going to put your body in the freezer so I can live the good life is that okay?"
I can take being criticized by retired old hand wringers.If some people want to think this tools behaviour is acceptable crack on, personally i think it is disgusting and sick.
I was actually agreeing with you & was attacking Huffers post!
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: A suspended sentence, What in case he does it again? This salad should eb in jail for many years, Sick, evil and twisted! Money meant more to this tool than respect for his mother. Typical skate![/p][/quote]"What in case he does it again?" - how many mothers do you think he has?[/p][/quote]this guy thought so much of his mother he froze her so he could rob us the tax payers & we're heartless for criticising the sentence he was given? I can just picture it "Mum when you die I'm going to put your body in the freezer so I can live the good life is that okay?"[/p][/quote]I can take being criticized by retired old hand wringers.If some people want to think this tools behaviour is acceptable crack on, personally i think it is disgusting and sick.[/p][/quote]I was actually agreeing with you & was attacking Huffers post! loosehead
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