Sunderland dad’s death: Inquest adjourned as murder probe continues

David Wilson was found dead at his flat in Southwick on December 14 last year.
David Wilson was found dead at his flat in Southwick on December 14 last year.
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A murder inquiry is continuing as the first anniversary of a dad’s death approaches.

David Wilson, 49, originally from Hetton, was found dead at his Southwick flat, leading detectives to launch an inquiry into his killing.

Police cordon off an area in Southwick in the aftermath of David Wilson's death.

Police cordon off an area in Southwick in the aftermath of David Wilson's death.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, with Northumbria Police confirming today he has been rebailed until February while inquiries continue.

Coroner Derek Winter, leading a review into Mr Wilson’s inquest at Sunderland Civic Centre, said: “I’m informed by the police that their complex inquiries are continuing.

“They are actively pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and they are working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service.

“They are hopeful that matters may resolve early in the New Year.

They are actively pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and they are working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Coroner Derek Winter

“It’s not possible to conclude inquiries as part of my investigation into this inquest in their entirety, and so in these circumstances I will adjourn for further review on January 7, next year.”

As part of the inquiry, detectives released a tape of a man who called police from outside The Halfway House pub, a short distance from the former special officer’s home.

In the call, made at 4.41am on the day Mr Wilson was found on December 14, the man said his lift had fallen through and he needed to be taken to Gateshead.

The team has also asked for help to identify a man in a red bobble hat seen carrying out a robbery at an ATM in Southwick Green between 4.09am and 4.17am.