A MAN fraudulently claimed his dead mother's pension after storing her body in a bedroom before burning it.
David Wrigglesworth claimed £13,000 in benefits after his mother died from lung cancer in April, 2002, Leeds Crown Court was told.
After Elsie Wriggleworth's death he failed to notify the authorities. Instead, he stored her body in a bedroom for two months before taking her remains to the back garden and burning them.
He later scooped up her ashes and placed them in a matchbox, before scattering some of them on a stream his mother used to frequent in her youth.
Wrigglesworth, 49, of Garforth, east Leeds, was at first arrested on suspicion of murder. But he was released after police realised his 72-year-old mother had died in her sleep.
Wrigglesworth appeared before Judge James Stewart for sentence yesterday.
He admitted nine offences of fraudulently claiming his mother's state pension and three counts of illegally claiming her husband's mine workers' pension.
Wrigglesworth was ordered to complete a 12-month community rehabilitation order.
Police were only alerted after Wrigglesworth's estranged sister reported her mother missing.