Spaniard lives with dead mother's body to collect pension

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish man who allegedly lived with the body of his dead mother for up to a year to continue to collect her pension has been arrested, police said Thursday (Dec 13).

Officers found the woman's "badly decomposed" body at a Madrid flat on Wednesday (Dec 12) after receiving a call from neighbours who reported a "strong odour", a police spokesman said.

Police then detained the woman's 62-year-old son for fraud for failing to report her death aged 92 and continuing to collect her pension, he added.

"The son did not do what he should have done," the spokesman said, adding that the man lived in the flat with his mother's remains for "several months, possibly almost a year".