A mentally ill woman who washed and dragged round the naked corpse of her friend for three weeks, thought she was tending to the body of Bin Laden, an inquest heard.
Jane Cappleman, 77, lived with the decaying body of 75-year-old Anthony Sherman after he died from unknown causes – and even washed his corpse with a flannel.
Worried neighbour’s eventually called the police after spotting her burning his clothes in the garden of the south London flat, Southwark Coroner’s Court heard.
After officers battered down the door, Ms Cappleman told them she thought she had been tending to the remains of Osama Bin Laden.
By the time it was discovered, Mr Sherman’s body was too badly decomposed to shed light on how he died.
An analysis of insects that had hatched on his flesh concluded he had been dead for around three weeks.
Recording an open verdict, Assistant Deputy Coroner Belinda Cheney said it was impossible to know how Mr Sherman died.
‘It’s difficult because we really don’t have enough evidence for any type of verdict,’ she said.
‘While it seems tempting to say this is natural causes, we have no information about that and, of course, the post-mortem report could not assist in any meaningful way.