A MAN whose mum’s body was found in a freezer in her Portsmouth flat has been charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of her body.
Son Philipe Brough is also accused of fraud in relation to Louise Brough’s death.
Police officers found Brough’s mother dead at a flat in Wilmcote House, Tyseley Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth, during a search.
A post-mortem examination later revealed that she had died of natural causes.
Brough was initially arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder and fraud in connection with the death of his mother.
He was rearrested on suspicion of obtaining money by deception while being questioned by police on August 15 – two days after police discovered her body. Brough was then released on bail.
He was later charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of his mother’s body.
The fraud charge Brough faces relates to an alleged failure to inform the Department of Work & Pensions that his mother had died, contrary to sections one and three of the Fraud Act 2006.
The 54-year-old is accused of dishonestly failing to disclose the information in a bid to receive benefits that were paid to his mother and to him as her carer.
Brough is alleged to have committed both of the offences between February 28 and August 13 when his mother’s body was found.
Dressed in a dark blue suit, a white shirt and tie, a black waist-length jacket and black trainers, Brough stood alone in the glass-panelled dock during his brief appearance in court three at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Brough spoke only to confirm details of his name, date-of-birth and address in court. He was informed that his case would be sent to the crown court as the charge he faces of preventing a lawful and decent burial of a body falls outside the jurisdiction of the magistrates’ court.
The maximum penalty for committing the offence under Common Law in England and Wales is an unlimited sentence in prison.
Brough was released on unconditional bail during the hearing, which lasted about five minutes.
Adjourning the case, magistrates ordered Brough, from Charles Street, Landport, Portsmouth, to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing at a later date.