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Eastmoor murder - death wasn’t thought to be suspicious - inquest told

Potential murder scene. Corner of Back Mount Pleasant and Park Lodge Lane junction, Eastmoor, Wakefield.
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Potential murder scene. Corner of Back Mount Pleasant and Park Lodge Lane junction, Eastmoor, Wakefield. w304c407

The death of a man who was murdered was at first not thought to be suspicious, an inquest was told.

Care workers found the body of Kevin Childs, 58, lying face down in a puddle of blood at a house on Park Lodge Lane in Eastmoor on Friday, February 7.

Det Chf Insp Adrian Taylor, of West Yorkshire Police, told the hearing: “At 4.10pm on February 7, 2014 police were contacted by care workers who had discovered the body of a male.

“He was found laying face down in a puddle of blood.

“The death was not thought to be suspicious at the time until February 13 when police were again contacted as a result of findings in an initial post-mortem examination.”

Coroner David Hinchliff said Mr Childs’ death was confirmed at 4.17pm on February 7 and a forensic post-mortem examination gave a provisional cause of death of suffocation and multiple injuries.

Nine people were arrested in relation to the murder.

Andrew Joseph Gittins, 41, of Arundel Close, Wakefield, and Michelle Swayne, 40, of no fixed abode, both appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on February 21 charged with murdering Mr Childs between February 5 and 8 and preventing his burial.

They are both due to appear at Leeds Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on May 13.

 
 
 

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