New Cross pensioner lay dead for nine years before body dumped

New Cross pensioner lay dead for nine years before body dumped

Benjamin Benit

Police at the scene last year

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A WAR hero lay dead in his council flat for nine years before his body was thrown under a bush, an inquest heard. 

When Benjamin Benit's remains were found wrapped up in a sheet in undergrowth he was still wearing an England replica shirt from the 2002 World Cup. His left hand was missing.
 
Southwark Coroners' Court heard an unknown fraudster had collected Mr Benit's pension since he died - even after the body was dumped.

Detectives later arrested a man who gave his name as Benjamin Benit, but he was released without charge.

A dog walker made the grisly discovery of Mr Benit's decomposed body in Lovelinch Close, New Cross, on August 10 last year. 

The inquest heard the body had only recently been moved from Mr Benit's flat.  

Sawdust from a nearby tree being cut was underneath the bag containing Mr Benit, showing he had been left there after August 5. 

DNA tests confirmed the identity of the body, and also revealed the left hand was missing. 

It was recovered by council officers when Mr Benit's home in Heversham House, Ilderton Road, New Cross, was cleared out by council officers on August 23. 

Mr Benit was born in south London on 6 June 1925, and served in the RAF during the Second World War. 
 
Mr Benit often told friends he had played goalkeeper for Millwall FC after the war, and was a regular drinker in pubs around Old Kent Road and New Cross Road. 

He had missed a routine GP appointment in April 2002 and would have been 76 at the time of his death.

Coroner Tony Badenoch said: "From all the available evidence, it follows that Benjamin Benit came by his death in an unknown way in the year 2002."

Recording an open verdict, the coroner said he did not have enough information to conclude the specific cause of Mr Benit's death.

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10:51pm Tue 18 Sep 12

treesrgreen says...

How awful. Why did nobody miss this man during the 9 years before his body was found?
How awful. Why did nobody miss this man during the 9 years before his body was found? treesrgreen
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10:04pm Wed 19 Sep 12

orfordholly says...

That is awful to hear. I am surprise that no one knew where he was. I thought that the gp would ask where he was. Rip
That is awful to hear. I am surprise that no one knew where he was. I thought that the gp would ask where he was. Rip orfordholly
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10:17am Thu 20 Sep 12

commenting scoffer says...

...another 'war-hero' left by the state - jeeze what a shocking story in modern-day britain ? fight for this country - and you end-up with the 'neighbours' not even noticing the poor man was dead - you read things like this and realise what this country has become... i'd vote for anyone - except the main three - just to wind the stuffed-shirt brigade up!! very sad story.
...another 'war-hero' left by the state - jeeze what a shocking story in modern-day britain ? fight for this country - and you end-up with the 'neighbours' not even noticing the poor man was dead - you read things like this and realise what this country has become... i'd vote for anyone - except the main three - just to wind the stuffed-shirt brigade up!! very sad story. commenting scoffer
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12:41pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Chrisbitz says...

It really doesn't sound as if anyone's that bothered about how his body ended up under a bush!

Especially since they don't know how he died - it could have been murder?
It really doesn't sound as if anyone's that bothered about how his body ended up under a bush! Especially since they don't know how he died - it could have been murder? Chrisbitz
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4:21pm Thu 20 Sep 12

the wall says...

commenting scoffer wrote:
...another 'war-hero' left by the state - jeeze what a shocking story in modern-day britain ? fight for this country - and you end-up with the 'neighbours' not even noticing the poor man was dead - you read things like this and realise what this country has become... i'd vote for anyone - except the main three - just to wind the stuffed-shirt brigade up!! very sad story.
Yeah a real war hero sadly forgotten by everyone.




Unlike your muppet account 'Indigenous UK Pensioner' who use to be called UK Pensioner and pretends to be a war hero, you're a disrespectful maggot.
[quote][p][bold]commenting scoffer[/bold] wrote: ...another 'war-hero' left by the state - jeeze what a shocking story in modern-day britain ? fight for this country - and you end-up with the 'neighbours' not even noticing the poor man was dead - you read things like this and realise what this country has become... i'd vote for anyone - except the main three - just to wind the stuffed-shirt brigade up!! very sad story.[/p][/quote]Yeah a real war hero sadly forgotten by everyone. Unlike your muppet account 'Indigenous UK Pensioner' who use to be called UK Pensioner and pretends to be a war hero, you're a disrespectful maggot. the wall
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12:17am Fri 21 Sep 12

needsalife says...

This is such a sad ending. Even if you don't like someone you should still keep an eye out. No one knows why someone might be grumpy. The benefit of the doubt springs to mind. Rest in peace mr Benit.
This is such a sad ending. Even if you don't like someone you should still keep an eye out. No one knows why someone might be grumpy. The benefit of the doubt springs to mind. Rest in peace mr Benit. needsalife
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2:06pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Margaret Smith says...

This beggars believe, that a resident could be dead 9 years and Lewisham Labour council had not gone to investigate, if nothing else to find out why the rent had not been paid.
The Sooner we get rid of Labour Lewisham and elect Community activists from Lewisham people before profit the better.
Sadly these days no one cares, people no longer think about any one other than themselves we should all be ashamed that we are do so little leaving every thing top be done by the people at People before profit..
This beggars believe, that a resident could be dead 9 years and Lewisham Labour council had not gone to investigate, if nothing else to find out why the rent had not been paid. The Sooner we get rid of Labour Lewisham and elect Community activists from Lewisham people before profit the better. Sadly these days no one cares, people no longer think about any one other than themselves we should all be ashamed that we are do so little leaving every thing top be done by the people at People before profit.. Margaret Smith
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