Wiltshire

Man jailed for hiding friend's body under bed after she died

Stan Lee Marvel Image copyright Wiltshire Police
Image caption Police determined Marvel hid the body under the bed before leaving the flat

A man who failed to report a friend's death and hid her body under a bed has been jailed for 10 months.

Stan Lee Marvel, 36, of no fixed address, Salisbury, had previously admitted preventing a lawful burial.

Samantha Ann Magee's body was found at house in Bence Court, Amesbury on 30 November, Salisbury Crown Court heard.

Wiltshire Police said the 34-year-old's body was hidden under a bed and it was later determined she had died a number of days prior to being found.

Although a murder inquiry was initially launched, tests later revealed that her death was not suspicious.

Det Ch Insp Jim Taylor said: "This has been a tragic case from the outset...

"Regardless of how Samantha died, her family have lost a much-loved daughter, sister and mother, who no doubt continues to be dearly missed."

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