Did solicitor stab himself? Mystery continues over runner found dead in Durham

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MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a solicitor five months after his body was found on the riverbank in Durham City.

A coroner’s preliminary review hearing was told Peter Maine, 56, died from three stab wounds which could have been self-inflicted.

Mr Maine, a married father-of-two, was found early in the morning on September 1 on the opposite side of the River Wear to Maiden Castle sports ground.

He had parked his car in the centre of Durham City and jogged along the Pelaw Woods side of the river.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman told the hearing at the Coroner’s Court in Crook: “The post mortem found three stab wounds, two of which were fatal.

“We know this is what killed Mr Maine, but we have not established if there was third party involvement.

“The wounds could have been self-inflicted, but no weapon has been found. The blade entered through Mr Maine’s clothing.

“Evidence from other cases nationally suggests a person who stabs themselves usually lifts their clothing before doing so.” Det Chf Insp Chapman said inquiries found their were 61 people near the riverbank that morning, most of whom have been traced and ruled out of the inquiry.

“We are still looking for seven of those people,” he added. “A woman and two males who were on the Pelaw Woods side of the river, and four males on the Maiden Castle side.” Among those spoken to by police are suspects in a mortgage fraud inquiry in which Mr Maine was implicated.