Baby burial mum will be sentenced next year

Angela Owen''Barkisland dead baby in a carrier bag story
Angela Owen''Barkisland dead baby in a carrier bag story

A woman who secretly buried her stillborn baby in the walls of Howroyde Hall in Barkisland, will not be sentenced until next year.

Angela Owen, 47, hid the baby boy in the grounds of the 17th century house and then went missing for several years.

Her case was due to be be dealt with by a judge at Bradford Crown Court next Friday, but was listed today (Friday) because a psychiatric report will not be ready in time.

In September Owen, who now lives in Glastonbury, pleaded guilty to concealing the birth of her baby boy and preventing the lawful burial of a corpse.

Police launched a major investigation after the infant’s body was found wrapped in a bin-liner in the grounds of The Howroyd, Krumlin Road, Barkisland, in July 2006.

Owen had rented the old servant’s quarters at the property between January 2002 and May 2003.

Earlier this year police made a fresh appeal for information about Owen’s whereabouts.

An inquest heard that new DNA tests confirmed she was the mother of the baby and she was arrested following a national appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Owen also pleaded to six fraud or dishonesty offences covering a period between 2002 and 2004.

Today Judge Robert Bartfield was told that a psychiatric report on Owen would not be completed until after she has a counselling session next week.

Her case has now been adjourned until January 17 for a further mention, but her sentence may not take place on that day.

Owen, who is on bail, was not at court for today’s brief hearing.