Shaun Cummins murder charge: Case is adjourned at Leicester Crown Court
The case of a 28-year-old man charged with the murder of ex-boxer Shaun Cummins, whose body parts were found in a freezer, has been adjourned.
Thomas Dunkley appeared at Leicester Crown Court today, via a CCTV link from the city’s prison in Welford Road, where he is being held.
No plea was entered and no application for bail was made.
Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said the results of a post mortem were, so far, inconclusive.
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She said: “The body parts had to be thawed before an autopsy could take place.”
Dunkley, of no fixed address, had known the deceased for about four years.
Mr Cummins was found dead at his bungalow in Marriott Road, in Leicester’s Saffron Lane estate, last Wednesday.
Following a motorbike accident on the A6 in Birstall in 2004, the former boxer was left paralysed and bedridden, with no feeling from the chest down.
Mr Cummins is believed to have died sometime after Saturday, September 1.
He retired from boxing in 1995 with a record of 22 wins, six defeats and a draw.
Dunkley was arrested in Wakefield and charged with murder on Friday.
The police were called to Mr Cummins’ home at about 3.30pm last Wednesday.
Neighbours noticed officers scouring the garden and shining torches through windows before breaking down the front door.
They discovered body parts believed to be that of Mr Cummins in the freezer.
Judge Michael Pert QC adjourned today’s hearing for seven days, for a preliminary hearing to take place and for a possible trial date to be identified.
He told Dunkley he was to remain on remand in custody in the meantime.