July 2018

Stinking house of horrors where woman kept children among human waste

A woman kept children in a squalid, stinking house with human excrement smeared on the sink, windows, walls and stairs.

When Claire Greenley, 35, was told police were coming to rescue them, she said they would have “a fight on their hands and the street would help out”, Hull Crown Court heard.

The youngsters, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were in her care at the time and found to have suffered “emotional and psychological harm”. They are said to be recovering.

Megan Rhys, prosecuting, said when authorities visited the east Hull property last year, the garden was strewn with furniture and rubbish from split black bin bags.

But the real horrors were inside, where Greenley was found “unkempt and smelling unpleasant, as if she had not been looking after herself”.

The house was filled with bags and piles of dirty clothes, to the point where it was “difficult to find floor space not covered by rubbish”.

The bathroom door was off its hinges, and inside was a 2.5ft high pile of “soiled” clothing. “The floor was barely visible”, Miss Rhys said.

There was “faetal matter” on the sink unit and “three to four human stools on the stairs, which had dried and clearly been there for some time and stepped in”. The visitors also found “faeces smeared on the wall of a bedroom”.

An upstairs window and the letter box had also been smeared with excrement, the court heard. An inspector said it was “the worst property he’d seen in ten years”.

Miss Rhys said: “It’s difficult to say how long the property had been in that state. It’s clearly not something that had happened overnight.”

When Greenley was interviewed by police, she accepted the house was uninhabitable.

Greenley later admitted child cruelty offences.

Sentencing Greenley, Judge David Tremberg said the house was “comprehensively unfit for human habitation”, and was “squalid and unkempt from top to bottom, with the smell and presence of faeces about the place”. He told Greenley: “From the photographs, this was more like a pigsty than a home”.

Sentencing Greenley to eight months in jail, suspended for two years, the judge said: “In my view, the public would be better served, and so would you, by nurturing that progress.” Greenley was also ordered to have 25 days of rehabilitation.