Disabled woman lived with partner’s dead body for five weeks as she ‘didn’t know what to do’


Dead: Terry died suddenly in his Brighton flat

Dead: Terry died suddenly in his Brighton flat

A disabled woman lived with her partner’s dead body for five weeks but now can’t remember his name or age.

Police only found a frail Jessica Makarab and her partner Terry’s body in their Brighton flat after neighbours noticed they hadn’t seen them since Christmas.

But the 51-year-old is now too ill to remember her partner’s surname, if they got married or how old Terry was.

This mean’s Terry can not be buried or an inquest opened.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her partner’s death with police believing he collapsed and died at least five weeks ago.

Brighton Coroner’s Officer Penny Bailey said Miss Makarab, who suffers from health problems, just did not know what to do when Terry died.

Police with social services broke into the flat in Tyson Place, Grosvenor Street, Brighton, on February 14 and found the man’s dead body.

They also found Miss Makarab extremely ill. 

Mystery: Without a surname or date of birth police can’t bury Terry

Miss Makarab was initially taken to hospital, but is now living in a care home.

Mrs Bailey said the couple are believed to have moved from Bradford to Brighton some time between 1989 and 1991.

She said: ‘He could be known as Terry, Terence, Terry James or Terence James and his surname could be Steadman, Stedman or Denman, but he could also have changed it to Makarab.’

She added it was thought Miss Makarab was born or grew up in Bradford and is believed to have been taken into care at a young age.

It is believed the couple met in Bradford and came to Brighton in about 1989 or 1990.

Any friends or relatives of the man or anyone with information about him are asked to contact Mrs Bailey in confidence on 01273 665526.

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