Preston's Christopher Blackburn admits concealing father's body

A man failed to report the death of his father for nearly five months and took £1,000 out of his bank account.

Christopher Blackburn, 29, pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful burial of a body and theft.

Preston Crown Court heard Guy Blackburn had not been seen since 31 October 2010, before police found his body at a house in Penwortham, on 22 March 2011.

Blackburn, of Norman Road, Birkby, Huddersfield, is due to be sentenced on 12 March.

A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed Blackburn had died from natural causes, probably several months earlier, the court heard.

Police believe Blackburn had lived at the house since his father died and was still there when the body was discovered.

Blackburn admitted collecting more than £1000 from his deceased father's bank account which was paid in income support.

"This is an unusual case and it is the first of its type that we have dealt with in Lancashire," Det Insp Marc Nasser said after the hearing.

"It was a challenging crime and one that most members of the community will find appalling."

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