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Woman slept next to her brother's rotting dead body for 5 years as cops find skeletal remains following her apprehend

Woman slept next to her brother's rotting dead body for 5 years as cops find skeletal remains following her apprehend


Woman slept next to her brother's rotting corpse for 5 years as cops find skeletal remains following her apprehend

 

A woman spent up to five years sleeping next to her brother's rotting dead body in a rat-infested house in Australia. 


 

 

The woman, aged in her 70s, lived with the dead body in her public housing unit on Russell Street at Newtown in Geelong, south-west of Melbourne.


 

 

According to Mail Online, Police made the horrifying discovery after apprehending the woman on December 29, 2022 on an unrelated matter. 


 


The report said forensic officers in biohazard suits were forced to wade through floor-to-ceiling rubbish, rats, dead possums, and human faeces to reach the 'skeleton'. 




The woman is understood to have slept next to the dead body anywhere between two and five years.

 


 

'It was a bloody skeleton they removed, not a body,' neighbour Nicole Stratton told the Geelong Advertiser. 




'How can someone be living with a dead body next door for five years and not a single person know about it?


 


 

'They've tried to sweep this under the rug. We have been living next to a house of horrors.'





A City of Greater Geelong council staff member is understood to have attempted to engage with the tenant at least once before notifying the DFFH. 

 



 

The house is a 15-minute walk from the GMHBA stadium, home to Geelong Football Club, and a stone's throw from the busy cosmopolitan hub on Pakington Street. 


 


 

The man was last seen alive in 2018 by some of the residents living along the street. 





The woman was a Department of Families, Fairness and Housing tenant, prompting questions about how the body could lie undiscovered for so long.



 

 

Ms Stratton said she thought the accumulation of 'utter filth' may have helped mask the stench of the decomposing body.  

 



 

'There was always a smell but we just thought it was the piles of rubbish,' she said.



 

 

'The blinds were always down and you could see the mould on the back of them.



 

 

'The carport was constantly filled with trash. There were rats everywhere, it was honestly disgusting.'


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