Inquest opened into death of former Hartlepool boxer killed at New Year’s Eve party

Mark Denton
Mark Denton

AN inquest has been opened into the death of a former Hartlepool boxer killed at a New Year’s Eve party.

The coroner’s investigation into Mark Denton’s death was opened and adjourned on Friday afternoon.

The hearing was held by coroner Michael Sheffield at his offices in Middlesbrough.

The case has been adjourned to a date which has yet to be fixed.

Once a date and time has been organised, a full inquest hearing will be held to establish the cause of Mark’s death.

Mark was brutally attacked at a house party in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, on New Year’s Eve, around 10pm, and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Two Hartlepool men, David Sowerby and Anthony Middleton, have been charged with his murder and are currently remanded in custody.

Sowerby, 23, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, and Middleton, 21, of Bruntoft Avenue, Hartlepool, are next due at Teesside Crown Court, in Middlesbrough, on Monday April 7, when they are expected to enter either guilty, or not guilty, pleas to the alleged charge.

Thousands of online tributes have continued to stream into the Mark Denton RIP page set up on social networking site facebook, and a campaign to raise £10,000 to help Mark’s family meet funeral costs has just £775 left before the target is met.