Family of stabbed solicitor asks for time to read police report

INQUEST ONGOING: Peter Maine.
INQUEST ONGOING: Peter Maine.

A SOLICITOR’S bereaved family has asked for time to consider a police inquiry into his death.

The body of Peter Maine, 56, was found near a footbridge at Maiden Castle, Durham City, on September 1, last year.

An inquest review hearing at the Coroner’s Court in Crook was told the family has been given written details of the police investigation into the death.

“They have asked for time to consider the information,” PC Jacqueline Sirrell of Durham Police told the short hearing.

Mr Maine, a married father-of-two from Wynyard, who worked as a solicitor in Easington Colliery, had been jogging along the bank of the Wear on the morning he died.

A post mortem found three stab wounds, two of which were fatal.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman told a previous review hearing the wounds could have been self-inflicted, although no weapon has been found.

Durham Coroner Andrew Tweddle granted the family’s request for time to read the file.

The coroner ordered the next review to be held on November 26.