Police still stumped by death of solicitor found stabbed after jogging session

A poster on Baths Bridge, Durham City, appealing for information about the killing of solicitor Peter Maine.
A poster on Baths Bridge, Durham City, appealing for information about the killing of solicitor Peter Maine.
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POLICE are no closer to solving the mystery surrounding the death of Durham solicitor Peter Maine.

Mr Maine, 56, was found with stab wounds on a path close to Maiden Castle Sports Centre, near Durham City, by a passing cyclist in September.

Despite repeated appeals for information, officers are struggling to piece together the circumstances behind the death and say they are continuing to look at “all lines of inquiry”, including the possibility he could have killed himself.

Police also haven’t ruled out that Mr Maine was a victim of foul play.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “It’s a line of inquiry. We haven’t ruled anything out or anything in. All lines of inquiry remain open.”

This week, at an inquest review in Crook, County Durham, police said they had been unable to find witnesses or CCTV footage of the moment Mr Maine suffered fatal stab wounds.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman said that the inquiry into the death was still ongoing, with a special focus on forensics. DCI Chapman said extensive searches had been carried out of the area around the footpath, including an underwater team in the River Wear, and while numerous items have been found, none has been considered relevant to Mr Maine’s death.

He also said many witnesses have been contacted, and there are only a few yet to be tracked down.

Mr Maine, from the Wynyard Estate near Stockton, previously worked at Hall & Co LLP in Easington Colliery, County Durham, and was part of a long-running and complex investigation over an alleged £170million “sale and rent back” scam involving other North- East firms.