Leicester

Police find dead ex-boxer Shaun Cummins after nurses raise alarm

Forensic search of property in Marriot Road
Image caption At an earlier court hearing police said Mr Cummins's body parts were found in a freezer

The remains of a former champion boxer who had not been seen for several days were found by police at a house in Leicester, an inquest has heard.

The body of Shaun Cummins was discovered at the property in Marriott Road on 12 September after he was reported missing by community nurses.

The 45-year-old, who retired in 1995, was left paralysed after a motorcycle accident in 2004.

A man has been remanded in custody charged with his murder.

The inquest was told Mr Cummins, who was known as "The Guvnor", was identified from a photograph, followed by fingerprint ID.

Criminal investigation

The exact cause of his death is still unknown.

The inquest was opened and adjourned pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Thomas Dunkley, 28, of no fixed address, has been charged with murder.

At an earlier court hearing, on Tuesday, police said the body parts of the former WBA light-middleweight champion were found in a freezer at the house.

Dunkley, who appeared at Leicester Crown Court via videolink from prison, entered no plea.

He will next appear at the crown court on 25 September.

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