Woman jailed for nine years after admitting killing her father 12 years ago and burying his body in her back garden

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Barbara Coombes has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility of her father Kenneth Coombes (PA)

A woman who admitted killing her father and concealing his body in her back garden for 12 years has been jailed for nine years.

Mother-of-one Barbara Coombes, 63, killed Kenneth Coombes in January 2006, burying his body until she walked into a local police station on January 7, this year and told officers what she had done.

Mr Coombes, who served with the RAF during the Second World War, would have been in his late 80s at the time.

Barbara Coombes has admitted killing her father Kenneth Coombes in January 2006 and concealing his body for 12 years (PA)
Mr Coombes pictured in his youth (Mercury Press)
Police tents at the scene of the investigation in the garden of a property on Matlock Road in Reddish on the outskirts of Manchester (PA)

Officers later discovered his body in the back garden of the family home on Matlock Road, Reddish, Stockport.

Coombes was sentenced today at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Coombes is alleged to have tried to falsely claim the pension of her father for years.


She was charged in January with murder, preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body, fraud by false representation and obtaining a pecuniary advantage.

Neighbours described Coombes as a quiet woman, only ever seen out walking her small dog when she would say no more than ‘hello’ to passers-by.

Another local described the family as ‘odd’.