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Body in freezer mystery revealed

PUBLISHED: 19:36 24 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:22 25 August 2010

A WOMAN who kept her mother s corpse in a chest freezer for nearly 29 years did so to protect the career of her GP sister, an inquest heard today (November 24).

A WOMAN who kept her mother's corpse in a chest freezer for nearly 29 years did so to protect the career of her GP sister, an inquest heard today (November 24).

Gulbai Freedoon Murzdan died on December 30, 1980, but her two daughters kept her body in a chest freezer at their home in Park Mead, Sidcup, from the day she died, fearing that she was an illegal immigrant.

Croydon Coroner's Court heard that the daughters thought their mother's assumed illegal status would have repercussions on them, especially the eldest, Purvis, who had just qualified as a doctor when her mother died.

But even after they discovered their mother was not an illegal immigrant they were still too scared to tell the police.

Coroner Dr Roy Palmer said: "They decided they would prop her up in the freezer, which they did promptly, because it was in good order some 29 years later."

Purvis, who became a Greenwich GP, died over a year ago and her frail sister Daulat Irani, 83, finally told a solicitor of the hidden body in May.

For the full story, see your Bexley Times, out on Thursday.

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