A woman has been jailed for nine years for killing her 'strict' father with a shovel, burying his body in the back garden and then covering up her crime for 11 years.
A court was told that Barbara Coombes had suffered a 'lifetime of mental and physical abuse' at the hands of Kenneth Coombes.
In a 'haze of disgust' she hit him twice over the head with a shovel, then used the sharp end of the implement to cut his throat and watched him 'bleed to death'.
The court was told that Ms Coombes then 'panicked' and buried his body - wrapped in a roll of carpet - in the back garden of their home in Reddish, Stockport.
His body was left uncovered overnight, until Ms Coombes, now 63, ordered a tonne of soil the next day to cover him up.
Sentencing Ms Coombes to nine years in prison, the judge said the case was tragic because Mr Coombes had died but also tragic from Ms Coombes’ standpoint.
Neighbours of Kenneth Coombes described him as 'strict' and had said he 'simply disappeared' 12 years ago. He would have been in his 80s at the time.
But Manchester Crown Court was told that his daughter had suffered a lifetime of 'mental and physical abuse' at his hands.
However the judge said Ms Coombes concealed the killing in ‘quite an elaborate and careful way’.
She told her brother and her daughter that he had died suddenly from a heart condition and had been taken to hospital and then cremated.
The judge said Ms Coombes ‘went out of her way’ in the following years to cover up the killing.
She only confessed when the ‘net around you became tighter and tighter in the sense that the authorities were seeking to see your father face to face’.
Ms Coombes fraudulently claimed the pension of her father and her carer’s allowance to the tune of £189,125.
The authorities began to ask questions about this - and Ms Coombes killed her father the day before she was expecting a visit from someone wanting to meet him. She 'realised the pretence couldn’t continue'.
GMP launched an investigation after Coombes walked into Cheadle Heath police station on January 7, this year, and told officers she had killed her dad a number of years ago.
She also revealed that his body had been buried in the back garden of her semi-detached home, in Matlock Road, Reddish, Stockport.
Specialist officers quickly cordoned off the house and began to search the property.
They recovered human remains from the garden.
Barbara Coombes pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Kenneth Coombes during a hearing at Manchester Crown Court and was sentenced this afternoon (Thursday).
Neighbours told the M.E.N how Mr Coombes, an ex-soldier, had ‘just disappeared’.
During the inquiry, investigators handed out questionnaires on the residential street asking locals what they know of the ‘death of Kenneth Coombes’.
The court heard how Barbara Coombes’ daughter described her grandfather as having a ‘formidable’ character.
He served in World War Two in mechanics.
Barbara was the youngest of three children, and her parents separated when she was a child.
She married and had one child.
After she split with her husband she decided to move back into her father’s home, despite the abuse.
The court was told she could live rent free, and she wanted stability for her and her daughter after once having to stay in a bedsit.
At the time of the police search, former neighbour Terry Sever said: “To my knowledge this man Kenneth just disappeared. I was not that friendly to ask where he went. I just did not see him anymore.”
Mr Sever recalled how Barbara Coombes said her father was ‘strict’.
He said: “She used to say how strict her father was. If he wanted to watch something on television, her and her daughter used to have to go out of the room. He was very strict.”