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Woman’s body left under bed to rot after heroin overdose at party

A woman's body was rolled up in an air mattress and was left rotting under a bed for six days after a party drug overdose.

Tragic Cecilia Seddon died after taking a "snowball" of heroin and cocaine at a bash at the flat of Blaze Fisher, 25, and Clayton Hawkes, 52, in Penzance, Cornwall.

The drug dealers then hid the 32-year-old inside an "improvised" body bag before stashing her remains under a bed.

When she was finally discovered Ms Seddon's body was too decomposed to determine the cause of death.

Hawkes was jailed for 11 years after being convicted of the crimes of perverting the course of justice and two counts of administering a poisonous or noxious substance to endanger life.

Fisher, who admitted perverting the course of justice, was jailed for three years and seven months.

Ms Seddon's heartbroken daughter Destiny said: "Every day I wonder what life would have been like if mum was here. I was 16 when she died and didn't know what had happened.

"I kept thinking I saw her in the street and this went on for months. My mental health deteriorated and I went onto medication.

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"I'm still struggling and it isn't getting easier at all. I feel if my mum's body was reported when she died it wouldn't be this bad.

"I wish I could experience one last cuddle and speak to her one last time. Now the only memories I can make are cemetery visits.

"I miss her so much words can't describe."

Ms Seddon's sister Ramona slammed Hawkes and Fisher over her tragic death.

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She said: "To be told that my sister had died was heartbreaking, but under these circumstances utterly devastating.

"Without her I feel so alone in this world, I have always been at my sister's side, we always had each other."

Exeter Crown Court heard Cecilia was trying to turn her life around when she began to spend time with Hawkes.

He began supplying her with crack cocaine and injected her with "a cocktail of heroin and cocaine" at a house party in 2018. Ms Seddon died shortly afterwards.

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Police searched the home for a drugs bust but missed the decaying body stashed under the bed.

They were alerted the next day by a witness who was told by the pair about Cecilia's death when he "smelt something rotten".

Judge Peter Johnson said: "This was not done in a panic.

"A vibrator was found, the needle used to inject her had been burned, and the alcohol and drugs poured into her mouth were done to make it look like an overdose.

"Hawkes did not call the emergency services. I'm sure Hawkes felt he was criminally responsible for her death."

A complaint against Devon & Cornwall Police regarding Cecilia not being found during the police raid is being investigated by the Force's Professional Standards Department.

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