DM - A pub landlord hid the body of a dead customer for four days so he would not miss the busy weekend trade. Jason Chidgey, 29, found the body of pub regular Mark Howells dead in the men’s toilets on a Friday night at his pub, the Boot Hotel in Aberdare, South Wales. But fearing police would close down the pub for their investigation, meaning he would miss out on weekend business he could not afford to, he hid the body of the 48-year-old in a first-floor bedroom at the pub, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard. 

The father-of-two from Parc Glas, Aberdare, enlisted the help of pub cleaner Audra Rees to hide Mr Howell’s body and opened the pub as normal over the weekend. He then arranged for the corpse to be found the following Tuesday. Prosecutor Owen Williams said: ‘He did so to trade over the busy weekend period. ‘He didn’t want the body to be found until after the weekend was over. ‘From Friday to Monday Chidgey carried out his business as if nothing untoward had occurred.

If I know Mark Howell like I think I know Mark Howell, I can tell you right now that he’s probably up in heaven drinking a pint and laughing about this whole thing. Yukking it up and wishing everyone would realize that he died on the john absolutely obliterated doing what he loved just getting shitfaced on a Friday night at his favorite spot. Hoping his family and the cops get off their high horse for a minute and analyze the situation.

I mean bottom line is dude died on a Friday. Whether he gets officially “discovered” then, next Tuesday, or 2013 is pretty fucking irrelevant. But what we know for sure is he wouldn’t want to be a burden on the guy who owned his favorite watering hole. Wouldn’t want his business bogged down with police investigations and caution tape and news reports. So if that means Mark Howell’s body gets stored in a bedroom for 4 days so his buddy running the pub can slang Newcastle and Harp all weekend and get his nut, then so be it. That’s business 101. No murder investigations before a slamming weekend. Mark Howell knew that better than anyone.