Body of man was not discovered until weeks after his death in Sunderland

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A MAN may have lain dead in his home for several weeks.

Derek Singleton, who was known to have battled mental health problems, was discovered in March.

An inquest chaired by Coroner Derek Winter heard that a concerned care worker contacted police after not seeing the 54-year-old for a month.

Mr Singleton, a diabetic, was found dead at his home in Croft Avenue, Southwick, surrounded by a large number of vials of insulin.

Police ruled out any third-party involvement but a cause of death could not be found.

Pathologist Dr Jennifer Hamilton was not able to say if a fatal dose of the drug had killed Mr Singleton.

Toxicology reports could not be carried out because of the length of time he had been dead.

However, the hearing, at the Regus Centre, in Doxford Park, was told he may have attempted to take his own life in December last year.

Verdict: unascertained death