After stealing money from the pensioner’s account, a guy who previously admitted to keeping the pensioner’s body in a freezer for two years has now admitted to fraud.
In May, Damion Johnson, 53, entered a guilty plea to keeping the body of John Wainwright, 71, in a freezer at a Birmingham residence.
Prior to changing his plea on Thursday, he had previously denied three counts of fraud by false representation and was scheduled to go to trial in November.
The offences stem from Johnson using Mr. Wainwright’s bank card between September 23, 2018, and May 7, 2020 to make purchases, take cash from ATMs, and transfer money to his own account.
Johnson’s attorney, Raglan Ashton, informed Derby Crown Court that his client wanted to be held in custody until punishment was handed down.
He said: “Clearly he is in a pretty desperate state presently.
“His instructions to me are that he does not wish to be sentenced today, he wishes to be remanded.”
Before Mr. Wainwright passed away in September 2018, it was thought that the defendant and Mr. Wainwright had a home in Cleveland Tower, Holloway Head, in the heart of Birmingham.
Prior to Mr. Wainwright’s body being found on August 22, 2020, Johnson admitted to one count of impeding the lawful and proper burial of a deceased body between September 1, 2018, and that date.
The cause of Mr. Wainwright’s passing has not yet been determined.
Johnson, who was carrying a bag of possessions and was dressed in trousers and a checked shirt, was remanded in custody until his sentence on October 27 in the same court.
Adjourning proceedings, Judge Shaun Smith said: “You have now pleaded guilty to everything so we don’t need to have the trial in November.
“A couple of weeks before you were due to have your trial, I am going to sentence you.
“These are serious offences. I am going to remand you in custody at your request.”