Shocking details after daughter ‘supported dead father’s body on chair for days while digging grave at illegal Stone Age burial’

MORE details have emerged in the case of a woman who allegedly propped her dead father’s body on a chair for days while she was digging his grave.

Eirys Brett allegedly broke the law by not reporting her father’s death to the National Health Service in 2019.

Eirys Brett, 31, did not register her father's death


Eirys Brett, 31, did not register her father’s deathPhoto credit: Wales News Service
Brett buried her father in the woods


Brett buried her father in the woodsPhoto credit: Google Maps

Brett, 31, and her partner Mark Watson, 46, failed to register the death of Donald Brett, 78 or 79, from lung disease in 2019.

Reports show that Donald Brett’s body was left on a chair next to a wood stove while his daughter and Watson dug his grave.

His body was found in the woods two years later.

Donald Brett had asked to be buried in the woods near his medieval-style farmhouse, the Daily Mail reports.

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His body was found wrapped in a cotton blanket and then covered with twine wrapped in a medieval burial pattern.

When police exhumed his body when it was found, he was wearing a bobble hat, red T-shirt and chef’s trousers.

According to the Daily Mail, other items were also found buried with him, including brushes, flowers and a poem.

“They had a ritual. It wasn’t thrown in, it was strategically placed, it was sort of a Stone Age or Bronze Age burial, then they covered the hole,” said Dyfed Powys Police Detective Constable Alex Stuart.

“They kept him inside, then wrapped him in a blanket, put him in the car, drove to his seat and put him in his favorite chair by a wood-burning stove,” Stuart said.

An investigation has been launched as investigators believe Donald Brett may have been poisoned.

“There was a lot of talk on the defendant’s phones about a lethal dose, mention of cyanide which can potentially be fatal, but it’s also used as a common treatment for cancer,” Stuart said.

“Mr Brett’s urine was analyzed and found to be positive for cyanide but was within the range that would be found in a smoker. Mr Brett smoked both tobacco and cannabis.

“There was no evidence he had died in a suspicious manner and no evidence to suggest foul play.”

In 2020, investigators ruled that the cause of death was undetermined.

However, according to the Daily Mail, a variety of possible causes have been presented, including COPD and natural causes.

Donald Brett reportedly fell ill weeks before his death.

But instead of seeking medical help, Brett and Watson steered Donald Brett towards alternative medicine.

Brett and Watson, of St Harmon, Powys, Wales, admitted preventing a legal and decent burial.

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“It was a full and frank admission from the start. Both fully admitted that he was unlawfully buried,” Stuart said.

They received four months probation. Shocking details after daughter ‘supported dead father’s body on chair for days while digging grave at illegal Stone Age burial’


DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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