Andrew Reade Hid Victoria Cherry's Dead Body In Cupboard
A man hid his girlfriend's dead body in a cupboard for more than a year — telling friends she wasn't around because the couple had broken up.
Andrew Reade acted normally throughout the 14-month period, during which he invited his neighbors over for dinner and to watch soccer on TV.
But none of them knew he was keeping a dark secret, and the body of Victoria Cherry was in his closet, the Manchester Evening News reported.
When neighbors asked him about the “dodgy smells” coming from his one-bedroom home in Bolton, England, Reade blamed it on the elderly woman who lived there before him.
Victoria, 44, had been missing since October 2015, but her body was found during a police raid in January this year.
Reade, 43, appeared at Bolton Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to concealing her body and was warned to expect a jail sentence.
The court heard police are still investigating how she died.
Judge Timothy Stead said,
Reade will be held at Forest Bank Prison and will be analyzed by a psychiatrist before he is sentenced.
His old neighbors on Toronto Street spoke of their shock and described Victoria as “lovely.”
Glen Kerwin, 54, Reade's next-door neighbor, would often watch soccer there, and said he questioned Reade about the smell, adding,
Another neighbor, Gary Sleeman, 37, revealed he slept in Reade's apartment, close to the closet where the dead body was being kept: