Corpse-hiding pub boss saves weekend trade but loses liberty...
We’re living in ‘tough times’ and ‘tough decisions’ need to be made, especially if you’re running a business. But if you were a pub landlord who found a corpse in your establishment on a Friday night, what lengths would YOU go to in order to ensure that your crucial weekend trade wasn’t affected.
If you were 29-year-old Jason Chidgey, you might get a cleaner (but not the Harvey Keitel kind) to help you hide the body in a first floor room and then arrange for it to be ‘found’ the following Tuesday.
Yes, that’s what happened in the Boot Hotel in Aberdare, South Wales, with Chidgey pulling a Fawlty Towers in order to prevent a loss of takings at a vital time of the week. The dead man was pub regular Mark Howells, who passed away from natural causes relating to alcohol poisoning aged 48.
Chidgey roped in cleaner Audra Rees to help him hide the body in a first floor bedroom, and the corpse was ‘discovered’ the following Tuesday. But Mrs. Rees had nightmares about the incident and came clean (not in the Harvey Keitel sense) on the day of the funeral of Mr Howells.
The desperate landlord has been jailed for 15 months for perverting the course of justice.