Husband is accused of killing his wife, 61, by neglect after being attacked by & # 39; maggots & # 39; was found

Richard Wallach, 66, is accused of manslaughter for gross negligence, which he denies. It is depicted outside of Liverpool Crown Court

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Richard Wallach, 66, is accused of manslaughter for gross negligence, which he denies. It is depicted outside of Liverpool Crown Court

A jury told a jury today that a husband neglected his dying 61-year-old wife so much that she was infected with flies and maggots and riddled with shockingly painful skin ulcers.

Firefighters and paramedics were admitted to Richard and Valerie Wallach's home in Toxteth, Liverpool, and discovered a woman who was in the worst condition of a living person they had ever seen.

The mother of two was & # 39; restricted to sitting in an armchair that was quite soiled with urine and stool & # 39 ;, prosecutor Richard Pratt told Liverpool Crown Court.

He said: & # 39; Although she is still alive … she was infected with flies and maggots. & # 39;

The court was told that Mrs. Wallach had a fungal infection that turned out to be cancerous, while her legs swear seriously and she & # 39; overwhelmingly septic & # 39; seemed to be.

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Mrs. Wallach was taken to the hospital on August 24, 2017, where her & # 39; condition even shocked experienced medical professionals & # 39 ;, who found her barely able to communicate, the court was told.

Her health was so serious that experts decided that her care should be palliative to make her comfortable for her death.

Mrs. Wallach survived 19 days before she died on September 12, 2017.

Earlier, when firemen told it, it might be necessary to remove his wife from their house by removing a window, Wallach objected because they were new and & # 39; he didn't want them removed because of insurance & # 39 ;.

When Wallach in the hospital informed a doctor that the prognosis was serious, and that his wife was likely to die that day, the court was told that he replied: “Thank you for letting me know, but who's going my Solving a problem?

& # 39; I've been hiding for weeks. & # 39;

The mother of two was & # 39; restricted to sitting in an armchair that was quite soiled with urine and stool & # 39 ;, prosecutor Richard Pratt said. He told Liverpool Crown Court (above): & # 39; Although she is still alive ... she was infected with flies and maggots & # 39;

The mother of two was & # 39; restricted to sitting in an armchair that was quite soiled with urine and stool & # 39 ;, prosecutor Richard Pratt said. He told Liverpool Crown Court (above): & # 39; Although she is still alive ... she was infected with flies and maggots & # 39;

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The mother of two was & # 39; restricted to sitting in an armchair that was quite soiled with urine and stool & # 39 ;, prosecutor Richard Pratt said. He told Liverpool Crown Court (above): & # 39; Although she is still alive … she was infected with flies and maggots & # 39;

Wallach, 66, is accused of manslaughter for gross negligence, which he denies.

Paramedics who were present noticed the foul odor and the accumulation of waste and decided to wear protective clothing when entering.

Pratt said: “When they finally had access, the circumstances were really terrible – there was a large amount of bags of rotting and moldy food so they had to wade through the bags to reach Valerie sitting in an armchair in a bay window completely covered with waste with the floor around her.

& # 39; She looked pale, struggled for breath and was vacant and did not respond to the paramedics.

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& # 39; She had flies over her, her teeth were black and she seemed too heavy.

& # 39; They put an oxygen mask on her face, but realized they couldn't move her alone and called for backup.

& # 39; While they waited, they kept trying to clean up some garbage bags with urine and stools.

& # 39; When they moved bags that covered Valerie & # 39; s legs, they saw that her legs were swollen and covered with a thick brown slime.

& # 39; The impression of the more experienced paramedic Helen Roose was that she had been eating, urinating and pooping in the same chair for a while. & # 39;

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The lawyer said: & # 39; It was the fire department's enviable task to lift Valerie from the chair she had been in.

& # 39; As they did, she responded for the first time by shouting and getting agitated.

& # 39; While she was being moved, (fire department) officer O & # 39; Neill noted that there was a lot of blood in the chair and that body fluids and skin were also left while she was being moved.

& # 39; The collective experience of the fire brigade was over 30 years – they had never seen a living person in such a bad condition. & # 39;

Nurses also said they had never seen bedsores like those on Mrs. Wallach's body.

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The sores on the buttocks, thighs and both heels were categorized as & # 39; grade 4 & # 39; pressure ulcers, reportedly & # 39; of the worst kind & # 39 ;, which revealed deep tissue damage to the bone.

Mrs. Wallach was taken to the hospital on August 24, 2017, where her & # 39; condition even shocked experienced medical professionals & # 39 ;, who found her barely able to communicate, the court was told. The Royal Liverpool Hospital is pictured above

Mrs. Wallach was taken to the hospital on August 24, 2017, where her & # 39; condition even shocked experienced medical professionals & # 39 ;, who found her barely able to communicate, the court was told. The Royal Liverpool Hospital is pictured above

Mrs. Wallach was taken to the hospital on August 24, 2017, where her & # 39; condition even shocked experienced medical professionals & # 39 ;, who found her barely able to communicate, the court was told. The Royal Liverpool Hospital is pictured above

& # 39; These would have been very painful, Mr. Pratt said, & # 39; but also painful because of the foul smell of leaks from the ulcers.

& # 39; It would have taken weeks or months to reach this level. & # 39;

Wallach's behavior after his wife's death was & # 39; strange & # 39 ;, a nurse noted because he & # 39; did not seem to worry about grieving his wife – he only seemed concerned about his own position & # 39 ;.

When the mourning officer at the Royal Liverpool Hospital offered to pay a basic funeral parcel for his wife, & # 39; he became agitated that it did not include the delivery of a car for him & # 39 ;.

Pratt said: & # 39; It must have been clear to everyone, including this suspect, that the imprisonment of his wife in a chair in which she ate, urinated and defecate, surrounded by bags of garbage, in unbearable pain of sores he found was seriously life threatening. with a clear risk of death if not treated.

& # 39; And yet he did nothing at all to help her, or more importantly, to arrange help for her until it is much, much too late.

& # 39; His behavior observed by medical professionals and others at the time of her discovery and subsequent treatment reveals a man who only cared about himself and showed a great indifference and lack of care for his wife.

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& # 39; That indifference, that lack of care is so striking in this case that it really becomes exceptionally bad – and therefore a crime. And the crime is manslaughter. & # 39;

The Wallachs had been married for 15 years and moved to Liverpool in 2003, with no visit to the house and no family members other than their two children, the court told.

The process continues.

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