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Inquest opened and adjourned into the death of solicitor Peter Maine
3:11pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
AN inquest into the death of a solicitor found stabbed to death in an early morning run has been opened and adjourned.
Father-of-two Peter Maine was found was found with three stab wounds to his chest on a gravel path near Maiden Castle sports ground, in Durham City, on September 1.
County Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle opened an inquest into Mr Maine’s death at a short hearing today (September 19) at Crook Coroner’s Court which he adjourned pending further police enquiries.
Mr Tweddle said two post mortem examinations had been carried out on Mr Maine by different pathologists who were happy to release his body to his family for a funeral.
The provisional cause of death was given as stab wounds to the chest, subject to confirmation in due course.
The court also heard that Mr Maine was formally identified by his wife, Joanna.
Mr Tweddle said: “There is no indication at the moment as to when the formal police file will be available. We will resume the inquest in due course.”
Police have described the death of the 56-year-old, who lived in Wynyard village, near Stockton, as a murder-style investigation and have been working to track down potential witnesses.
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