A woman dies as a result of her father and brother’s neglect; charged with manslaughter

A woman dies as a result of her father and brother’s neglect; charged with manslaughter

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The hoarder father and sibling of a weak and vulnerable lady who was left with "terrifying" wounds for a considerable length of time have been sentenced over her passing.

A woman dies as a result of her father and brother’s neglect; charged with manslaughter
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A woman dies as a result of her father and brother’s neglect; charged with manslaughter

The hoarder father and sibling of a weak and vulnerable lady who was left with “terrifying” wounds for a considerable length of time have been sentenced over her passing.

Julie Burdett, 61, weighed 4st 10lb (30kg) when she was observed dead by paramedics in her room in Leicester on 15 January 2019, a preliminary hearing.

Her sibling Philip, 59, was indicted for gross carelessness murder.

Her dad Ralph, 93, was got free from homicide yet sentenced for permitting the demise of a weak grown-up.

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He told the preliminary at Leicester Crown Court he had no clue his daughter was going to die and didn’t look for outside help since he “didn’t have to interfere with her desires”.

The pair lived with her, and Philip was paid a carer’s stipend of £60 each week to help his sister, the court was told.

Investigators said the men, depicted in court as “outrageous” hoarders, passed on Julie to endure “repulsive” wounds “encompassed by foulness and filth” for around two weeks in January 2019, preceding she passed on from outrageous ulcerations.

A specialist recently told the court she had “never seen such a serious degree of strain harm” in her 40-year vocation.

Ms Burdett was portrayed in court as insightful and articulate however she had fostered an illness like various sclerosis by 1998, leaving her requiring a wheelchair when she went out.

On Friday, Mr Justice Pepperall dismissed the case for pre-sentence reports.

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‘Drawn out and agonizing’
Opening the case last month, investigator Timothy Cray QC told the jury: “The disappointments of care were fundamental.

“They didn’t move Julie, they didn’t spotless her, they didn’t take care of her appropriately and they didn’t call for clinical or other assistance.

“At last, the consequence of their disregard was that Julie kicked the bucket.”

Det Sgt Adrian Davies, of Leicestershire Police, said: “Clearly Julie’s condition was disintegrating and the two men neglected to look for any assistance until after she kicked the bucket, eventually when it was past the point of no return.

“They bombed Julie when she really wanted them most, a disappointment which added to what must be depicted as extremely delayed and agonizing passing.”

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Philip, 59, and Ralph Burdett, both of Oakside Crescent, Leicester, were conceded unqualified bail and will be condemned sometime in the future.

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