Elderly former bank robber Les Green found in maggot-filled unit before dying in hospital - report

Elderly hands.
Green was 82. Photo credit: File

An elderly former bank robber has died after being discovered living in disgusting conditions.

Les Green was discovered in a squalid unit with bugs in the bed and maggots on the bench at the Compass Housing Services run complex in Papatoetoe on Tuesday, RNZ reports.

Neighbours who found him said he was in terrible condition when they got to him after he had been uncontactable for weeks.

"Just skin and bone basically. I helped him sit up for the ambulance crew, and my fingers actually went in between his ribcage, it was that bad," neighbour Len Christian told RNZ.

Christian was the one that found Green after realising he had not been out-and-about in days.

"He'd have a meal, and that's why I got worried, because he always brought his leftovers, takeaways around for the cat and put it in my garden. I hadn't noticed it, that's when I got concerned that if he's not going out, he's not eating."

A representative for Compass Housing, the non-profit which owned the unit Green lived in, told RNZ it fulfilled its responsibilities to its tenants.

It said another social agency was due to visit Green, but he was taken to hospital before they got there. 

Compass had checked in on Green, but did not go into the unit.

Green was once the most-wanted man in New Zealand, according to reports.