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A man who allegedly kept a dead body in his freezer for nearly two years has also been accused of fraudulently using the dead man’s bank cards for his own enrichment.
Damion Johnson, 52, stands accused of preventing the burial of John Wainwright, who he lived with in the centre of Birmingham, as well as repeatedly using the dead man’s bank cards.
Prosecutors told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court this week that Damion repeatedly used his dead flatmate’s bank card to pay for goods and withdrew money from ATMs, on top of transferring money to his own account, the Derby Telegraph reported.
They added that John’s body was not discovered until August 2020, despite him passing away in September 2018, when he was found in the freezer of his and Damion’s Birmingham flat that they lived in together.
John was found in their flat in Cleveland Tower, Holywell Head, in Birmingham city centre.
It is understood that a cause of death has not yet been ascertained.
Damion was not asked to enter any pleas for the four charges he currently faces, with magistrate Christopher Walker, chair of the bench, telling him: "You face four charges and the most serious one can only be heard at a crown court and as such your case will be sent to Derby Crown Court."
He was charged with one count relating to preventing his flatmate’s body from being buried and three counts relating to fraudulently using the dead man’s money for his own gain.
No specific details of the allegations were read to the court at this week's hearing.
Solicitor Shairoz Ahmed, prosecuting, told the short hearing that the most serious charge Damion faces can only be heard at a higher court.
Damion will appear at Derby Crown Court, where he is expected to enter his pleas, next month.
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