Police attended Miss Bettley’s home on March 19, 2016 after paramedics discovered her body covered in flies and maggots. The hearing was told her bed was found slumped on the floor covered in more faeces with swarms of maggots and flies.
She would not leave her bedroom and refused medical help, despite being urged by her father to get a doctor to change her dressings, the inquest was told. Dr Kirsten Hope, Home Office forensic pathologist, told the hearing that Miss Bettley was alive when maggots had laid eggs in her skin which rooted into her flesh. She explained: ‘I would say in my professional opinion that injuries like this would be consistent with neglect cases, but I have never seen anything like this in my entire career.’
Forensic officer Geoffrey Birkett, who has dealt with crime scenes for 25 years, told the inquest that the smell at the property was so horrendous he had to throw his clothes away. He described the scene as ‘the largest amount of human faeces he had ever seen’…Continue Reading