THE FAMILY of a young woman whose body was allowed to decompose in a mortuary will have to wait up to three weeks for the outcome of a court hearing.

Emily Whelan, 25, was found unresponsive in her bedroom in Yeadon in November 2016 and later died at Leeds General Infirmary.

After her body was held at the hospital's mortuary she was later transferred to the mortuary in Bradford.

During a three day hearing last week Leeds County Court heard details of how Emily's body was in a "poor state" upon arrival in Bradford, and how her body had only been stored in a fridge rather than frozen.

The family sued both Bradford Council, which is responsible for the city's mortuary, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the mortuary at LGI.

The Bradford Mortuary, which also only stored Emily’s body in a fridge, has accepted it breached the Human Rights Act as the body was not shown dignity and respect, and settled the case.

However, Leeds NHS Hospital Trust denied liability, resulting in the hearing last week.

Her mum Caramella Brennan, from Ilkley, said that now the case had ended, she had been advised it would be two to three weeks before the judgment would be delivered.