Burglary probe after man found dead in Hunstanton home

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An inquest has heard how a man was found dead in his home by someone who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Police discovered the body of 54-year-old David Murray at the address in Elizabeth Drive, Hunstanton, on October 22, 2012.

But Monday’s hearing at the Lynn County Court heard that a man had subsequently told police he visited the address the previous day, but had not reported the death.

Summing up the case, Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said of the man, who was arrested on suspicion of burglary: “He said he had been to a friend’s house the previous evening and broke in as he got no reply and found him obviously dead.”

The court earlier heard that officers had discovered some property had been removed when they visited the property.

And Det Sgt Sally Chapman, of Lynn CID, said Mr Murray’s bank card was also used following his death.

A second man was also arrested on suspicion of burglary. However, no charges have ever been brought and police said they were satisfied no other party was involved in Mr Murray’s death.

The court heard that Mr Murray had a history of alcohol and mental health problems, including a previous diagnosis of schizophrenia.

But he had denied having suicidal thoughts when he was last seen by health professionals around a month before his death.

Instead, he attributed threats to harm himself to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

The inquest was also told that, while a post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was consistent with hanging, Mr Murray had been drinking prior to his death.

Ms Lake concluded that Mr Murray had hanged himself, but that his intentions at the time were unknown.