Woman's body rolled up in air mattress and left rotting under bed for six days after drug party overdose
A WOMAN'S body was rolled up in an air mattress and left to rot for six days after a drug overdose at a party.
Cecilia Seddon died after taking a "snowball" of heroin and cocaine at the flat of Blaze Fisher, 25, and Clayton Hawkes, 52, in Cornwall.
The drug dealers then hid the 32-year-old inside an "improvised" body bag and stashed her remains under a bed.
She was discovered six days later virtually naked next to a sex toy with her body too decomposed to determine a cause of death.
Hawkes has been caged for 11 years after being found guilty 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.
'WISH FOR ONE LAST CUDDLE'
Cecilia's heartbroken daughter Destiny faced the thugs in Exeter Crown Court as she paid tribute to her recovering drug addict mum.
She 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.
"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."
'LIGHT OF THE ROOM'
Cecilia's sister Ramona slammed Hawkes and Fisher over her tragic death.
She said: "How do I put into words the harm caused by the actions of these two men.
"To be told that my sister had died was heart-breaking, 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.
"Cecilia was the light of the room, all smiles and a heart of gold. There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss her."
The court heard how Cecilia had been trying to turn her life around when she began to spend time with Hawkes.
The dealer began supplying her with crack and cocaine but became "dismissive" towards her at a house party in 2018 after believing she had stolen drugs.
He injected Cecilia with a "cocktail of heroin and cocaine" and she died a short time later.
'SMELT SOMETHING ROTTEN'
Hawkes and Fisher then hid her body and burnt the needle used for the drugs before fleeing to a friend's home.
Police searched the home in April 2018 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".
She was discovered in the cavity of a double bed with levels of cocaine and heroin associated with a fatal amount found in her blood.
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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In a statement released after the sentencing, Cecilia's family, said: "Cecilia was the light in the room, all smiles and a heart of gold. She was such a beautiful, loving, caring, amazing person and not a day goes by when we don't miss her.
"No one deserves to be treated with such disregard and with so little respect in death. When they decided to hide Cecilia, they changed everything. To lose her was pain enough, but hiding Cecilia prolonged this limbo state of grief.
"It is totally soul destroying to think that people can be so cruel."
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