Undertaker stole dead man’s 2,000 and hid it in bodybag

By CHRIS BROOKE
Last refreshed at 20:58 13 Eminent 2007
An funeral director pirated a dead pensioner’s life reserve funds out of his home in the pack conveying his body.

Maurice Bartlett, 58, wedged £2,000 in £20 notes under the cadaver after spotting the money on a bedside cabinet.

He too made a difference himself to 120 cigarettes, at that point zipped up the bodybag what’s more, wheeled the remains of 75-year-old Hubert Golledge from his protected convenience flat.
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Bartlett afterward gave the cigarettes to his partner David Dicks, 54, who had been visiting to mind laborers outside the flat.

Yesterday, Judge Julian Lambert at Bristol Crown Court depicted the pair’s activities as “vile what’s more, despicable” after Bartlett argued blameworthy to burglary of the cash what’s more, cigarettes.

Dicks, who knew nothing about the money, conceded taking the cigarettes.

Mr Golledge, a resigned painter what’s more, decorator, passed on of leukemia in June.

The undertaking firm MK Smith was called in what’s more, Bartlett what’s more, Dicks arrived at the warden-controlled settlement in Redfield, Bristol, to take the body to a mortuary.

The criminals were gotten at the point when mind staff – who had seen the money while looking for subtle elements of Mr Golledge’s next of kinfolk – taken note it was missing.

Judge Lambert told the undertakers: “This was a low what’s more, terrible crime. Your lead was very disgraceful. Your activities were a abominable insult to the expired what’s more, all models of decency.”

Both men have been sacked by MK Smith.

After hearing of Bartlett’s beforehand unblemished profession what’s more, that Dicks was the carer for his stroke-victim wife, the judge said such “exceptionable circumstances” implied he would force group orders.

But he added: “You will hang your head in shame.”

Bartlett, of Kingswood, Bristol, was condemned to six months in jail, suspended for two years. He was fined £2,000, in addition £100 costs what’s more, requested to do 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Dicks, of Upper Easton, Bristol, was requested to do 200 hours’ unpaid work.

The stolen £2,000 had been recovered, the court heard.

James Byrne, shielding Dicks, said: “The robbery was a one-off minute of madness.”

Adam Vaitlingham, for Bartlett, said: “He has lost his career, his notoriety what’s more, his self-esteem.”

Mr Golledge’s sister censured Bartlett’s sentence as a “shameful let-off”. Margaret Roberts, 74, said: “My sibling was such a kind what’s more, delicate man, he knew he was sick what’s more, had indeed been making arrangements for his claim funeral.

“The man who took the cash ought to have been bolted up.

“If this was in a remote nation he would have had his hands cut off, what’s more, appropriately so.”

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