Man jailed for hiding body in airing cupboard


A 43-year-old man has today been sentenced to four years and four months imprisonment at Bolton Crown Court for preventing the lawful and decent burial of his girlfriend and perverting the course of justice between October 2015 and January 2016.

Victoria Cherry's body was found by police on 17 January 2016 in an airing cupboard at Andrew Reade's home on Toronto Street in Bolton 15 months after she was last seen alive.

He had withdrawn money from her back account for three months, sent text messages to her daughter and wrote a letter pretending to be her. He also gave various false accounts regarding her whereabouts after she had died.

Gail O'Brien for the CPS said: "Andrew Reade went to great lengths to conceal Victoria Cherry's body despite numerous opportunities to tell someone what had happened.

"The CPS worked closely with the police to build a strong case, so that when faced with the overwhelming evidence against him he eventually pleaded guilty to the offences he faced.

"The tragedy of the case is that the Victoria's family and friends were unaware of her death for a significant amount of time so they were unable to give her a decent burial or mourn her. Our thoughts and condolences are with them at this very difficult time."

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Gail O'Brien is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West