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Husband ‘kept wife’s skeletal remains at home for YEARS because he didn’t want to be alone’

THE husband of an OAP whose ‘skeletal’ remains were found in their home kept her death a secret for years because he didn’t want to be alone, it is claimed.

Daniel Malley, 78, is believed to have told cops he held on to wife Christina’s body as he could not accept she was gone.

The heartbreaking revelation came as Scottish parliament member Liam Kerr demanded a campaign to help people battling solitude

A source said of the ongoing police probe into Christina’s tragic death: “Mr Malley said she had died of natural causes ‘a few years ago’.

“He told officers he was still coming to terms with the loss and was extremely lonely.

“He couldn’t accept she had gone — he couldn’t let her go.

“He kept the body in the house because he didn’t want to be apart from his wife in life or, sadly, in death.

“He’d told anyone who’d asked she was abroad, but most neighbours didn’t know she even existed.”

We told how Christina’s body was found last week at the house in Cove, Aberdeen, where she’d lived with Daniel, below, since 1995. They had tied the knot in 1976.

District nurses made the grim discovery after going to look for her when she failed to show up for her Covid jab. She would now be in her 80s.

Mr Kerr today used First Minister’s Questions to demand a drive against loneliness.

Nicola Sturgeon vowed it’ll be “part of what we do” coming out of the pandemic.

Mr Kerr welcomed the pledge but called the case a “wake-up call”.

He added: “This case is a tragic example of someone who has fallen through the net.”

ELDERLY people who are affected by loneliness can phone Age Scotland free on 0800 12 44 222.

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