This mother and her family endured a living hell.
This mother and her family endured a living hell.

Man's body lies in flat for days



A ROCKHAMPTON family yesterday told of the distress of living next door to a house where a man's body had lain undiscovered for days.

The body of the man, who was last seen alive on December 19, wasn't found until December 22 when a friend came to check on him at his McGrath Street duplex.

The family, although having noticed an unknown "overpowering stench'', had assumed everything was normal as they often saw a television on in the home.

The day of the find police told them the flat would be cleaned by the real estate agent the next day.

"That night we had to burn citronella candles along the fence line to try and keep the stench and flies at bay,'' the mother said.

On Friday the mother contacted Jason Hooper, an employee of Ray Hooper Real Estate, who told her someone had been around that morning to open up the flat so the smell could disperse.

"Which it did, the smell and flies blew straight into our house,'' she said.

"It smelled like an animal was dead, just multiplied quite a few times.''

For the next eight days the family said they tried everything to get the flat cleaned.

They also went to the city coun- cil but it said it could do nothing.

In the end the stench emanating from the duplex drove them out.

"Our son (7) has been having nightmares every night,'' the mother said.

"We had to get away.''

Dad said his son always spoke of "the flats'' but now it was "the dead man's house''.

Yesterday the couple, who also have a nine-year-old daughter, arrived home to find a stained matress resting against the duplex on their side.

"It (flat) may have been cleaned while we were away but the matress there can't be too hygienic,'' the mother said.

She said the whole experience had left them asking: "How can something so serious fall through the system where no-one has to take responsibility for the cleaning up of such a wretched situation.''

Attempts to contact Ray Hooper Real Estate yesterday were unsuccessful.



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