Pub Owner Hides Body to Keep Police Away

Jason Chidgey couldn't afford to lose weekend business, court hears
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2012 2:54 PM CDT
Pub Owner Hides Body to Keep Police Away
A pub in Britain.   (Shutterstock)

What if you're a pub owner who finds a dead body in the men's bathroom on a Friday? In South Wales, Jason Chidgey's answer was to allegedly hide the body in the upstairs bedroom until Tuesday—so police wouldn't shut him down for the weekend and take away business he badly needed, the Daily Mail reports. What's more, according to court testimony, Chidgey got the cleaning lady to help drag the body upstairs.

"From Friday to Monday Chidgey carried out his business as if nothing untoward had occurred," a prosecutor told the court. "He deflected friends' concerns about [the man] not being seen by saying he had spoken with him recently and that he was okay." Chidgey almost got away with it, the court heard, until the cleaning lady suffered "nightmares" about the body and spilled her story to police. Chidgey admitted 15 months ago to interfering with the course of justice and has been in jail ever since. (Read more body stories.)

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