Former boxer Shaun Cummins identified by photograph, Leicester inquest told
Former Leicester boxer Shaun Cummins who had not been seen for days was found dead after police broke into his home in Saffron Lane estate and found his remains, an inquest has heard.
The body of Mr Cummins, a former WBA light-middleweight champion was discovered by officers at the property in Marriott Road, on the evening of September 12.
He was initially identified from a photograph, followed by fingerprint ID. The exact cause of his death is still unknown.
The 45-year-old retired from boxing in 1995 and was left paralysed after a motorcycle accident in 2004.
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Thomas Dunkley, 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 for a preliminary hearing. The 28-year-old is yet to enter a plea.
At the opening of the inquest into the death of Mr Cummins, Leicester Coroner's Court heard community nurses who helped care for Mr Cummins called police on September 12 when he had not been seen for a few days.
Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth told assistant deputy coroner Lydia Brown: “On September 12, last Wednesday, police were alerted to the fact that Shaun Cummins had not been seen for a number of days. He was reported missing by community nurses.
“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 which has subsequently been identified as Shaun Cummins."
Mr Shuttleworth told the court a post mortem examination had been carried out but no results were yet available regarding cause of death.
Mrs Brown adjourned the inquest after the hearing, which took around five minutes and was attended by members of Mr Cummins' family, until a date to be set pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.