Derby chimney death man Kevin Gough's inquest opened

  • 3 May 2013
  • From the section Derby
Media captionInquest opens into chimney death man

An inquest has opened into the death of a homeless man who was found in a chimney at a Derby firm of solicitors.

The discovery was made at Moody and Woolley Solicitors on Wednesday after staff raised concerns about the smell and flies in the office.

Kevin Gough, 43, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was unemployed and single.

Coroner Dr Robert Hunter said: "The body is in such an advanced state of decomposition, the pathologist is unable to give a cause of death."

Dr Hunter added: "There are ongoing enquiries to ascertain how Mr Gough came to be in the chimney. I will adjourn the inquest pending further inquiries."

'A strange smell'

Det Con Tom Bentley of Derbyshire Police said police had identified Mr Gough by comparing his fingerprints with those on the national database.

These had been checked by a fingerprint expert.

Mr Bentley said Mr Gough was found when staff at Moody and Woolley asked a pest control firm and a builder to tackle a strange smell which was coming from a sealed-up chimney.

Following the discovery, police were called and the body was taken to the mortuary. A post-mortem examination was carried out on Thursday.

Police are not treating Mr Gough's death as suspicious.

Damage to the building in St Mary's Gate was first noticed six weeks ago.

Staff at Moody and Woolley believed there had been an attempted break-in and claimed buildings on the street have been targeted by lead thieves in the past.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire Police.

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