Inquest into Shaun Cummins' death is adjourned at Leicester Coroner's Court
A former British champion boxer who had not been seen for days was found dead after police broke into his home and discovered his remains, an inquest heard yesterday.
The body of Shaun Cummins, a former WBA light-middleweight champion nicknamed "The Guvnor'', was discovered by officers at his house in Marriott Road, Saffron Lane, Leicester, at about 9.45pm on September 12.
At the opening of the inquest into the death of Mr Cummins, Leicester Coroner's Court heard how community nurses, who helped care for the former boxer, called police when he had not been seen for a few days.
Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth told the hearing: "On September 12, police were alerted to the fact Shaun Cummins had not been seen for a number of days.
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"Efforts were made to trace him, which ultimately led to officers forcing entry to his home address in Marriott Road.
"After a search of rooms within the house, they discovered the remains of a body."
Det Insp Shuttleworth told the hearing a post-mortem exam was carried out but no results were yet available on the cause of death.
Thomas Dunkley, 28, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Mr Cummins and has been remanded to appear at Leicester Crown Court next week. He is yet to enter a plea.
Coroner Lydia Brown adjourned the inquest pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.