Wednesday, July 18

Woman charged with murder after human remains discovered in garden


Barbara Coombes, 63, has been charged in connection with the discovery of a body buried in her back garden. The remains are believed to be those of her father, Kenneth Coombes, who has not been seen for 10 to 15 years.

Coombes is accused of killing her father in January 2006 and preventing the lawful and decent burial of his body. She has also been charged with fraud and obtaining a pecuniary advantage by sending letters in Mr Coombes’ name in order to claim monies not belonging to herself and for making a false representation that she was a carer for Mr Coombes.

The discovery was made after Mrs Coombes allegedly walked into Cheadle Heath Police Station and told officers that she had killed a man years ago and buried his remains in her garden. Investigations were then made at her address in Stockport where the remains were found. Police handed out questionnaires to neighbours to ask them if they remember Mr Coombes. Neighbours have reported to the press that they remembered Mr Coombes as a controlling and domineering man.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police stated:

“A woman has been charged with the murder of a man in Stockport. Barbara Coombes (15/07/54) of Matlock Road has been charged with murder, preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body, fraud by false representation and obtaining a pecuniary advantage. She remains in custody and is due to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday 11 January 2018. On Sunday 7 January 2018, a woman presented herself at Cheadle Heath Police Station and disclosed that she had killed a man a number of years ago. An investigation was launched and on Tuesday 9 January 2018, officers searching a property in Reddish found the body of a man.”

The remains have not been formally identified and the results of the post-mortem examination have not been published. Mrs Coombes has been remanded in custody following her appearance at Magistrates Court and is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 12 January 2018.

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