Depraved son mummified his dead mother in cat litter for a year so he could keep getting her benefits

A TWISTED man mummified the body of his dead 89-year-old mother in cat litter so he could continue claiming her benefits.

Austrian cops were horrified to discover the depraved son had kept his mum's corpse in the cellar for more than a year just so he could keep clawing in the cash – which amounted to more than £42,000 in total.

Police said the elderly woman – who is believed to have suffered from dementia – died in June last year.

But an autopsy has ruled out the man killed his mum.

A statement from police revealed he admitted freezing his mum's body after her death with ice packs in the basement on their home in Innsbruck, Tyrol, to stop the smell.

He then also wrapped her in bandages to absorb any bodily fluids.

The 66-year-old kept his vile secret under wraps for months, and when his brother came around to visit their mum, he said she was in hospital.

Every month, the man would receive his mum's benefits via post.

But when a new postman started delivering the cheque, he asked to see the beneficiary and the man refused.

Concerned, he reported it to authorities – and cops then made the gruesome discovery on Saturday.

In the time since his mum's death, he had pocketed €50,000 (£42,750) from payments.

Police added: "The 66-year-old man kept her body in order to continue receiving benefits."

Helmut Gufler, in charge of the police’s social security fraud unit, told ORF: "He covered his mother with cat litter and finally the corpse was mummified."

The suspect is accused of benefit fraud and hiding a corpse.

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