Woman admits hiding dead baby’s body in Barkisland hall

Angela Owen
Angela Owen

A woman has admitted secretly giving birth to a stillborn baby boy and hiding his body in a bin liner in the walls of Howroyde Hall in Barkisland.

Angela Owen, 46, of Bowyer’s Close, Glastonbury, Somerset, appeared at Bradford Crown Court and pleaded guilty to endeavouring to conceal a birth and a further charge of preventing the lawful burial of a corpse.

The gruesome discovery was made by workmen in 2006 but by that time Owen had not been seen for two years - she was eventually arrested this year after an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Owen, with red hair, spoke only to confirm her name and enter her pleas to a series of charges.

She admitted six further fraud charges relating to using false names to obtain a driving licence, passport and liquor licence.

In November 2002 she used the alias Angela Hobson to obtain a Lotus Elise from motoring firm JCT600 claiming she was an account manager at Magnet Joinery, which was untrue.

She admitted using the same alias to get credit from the Co-Operative Bank between October 9, 2002, and January 31, 2003.

Owen took on the name Emma Smith to obtain a liquor licence for The Star Inn, Oldham, in December 2003, and used the same alias to apply for a driving licence in January 2004.

The trail of lies continued into March 2004 when she tried to obtain a passport in the name of Carla Geissler.

She also admitted making off without payment from the Pennine Manor Hotel, Scapegoat Hill, Huddersfield, leaving a bill of £325.40 for accomodation, food and telephone calls.