Inquest opens into death of Sunderland soldier Robert Anderson

An inquest into the death of a Sunderland soldier has been opened by the city's coroner.

Friday, 14th September 2018, 09:31 am
Updated Friday, 14th September 2018, 09:32 am
Sunderland Coroner's Court

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Riflemen Robert Anderson was found dead in the city on Saturday.

Numerous tributes to the 21-year-old - known as Bobby - have been left on social media.

City coroner Derek Winter formally opened the inquest into Rfn Anderson’s death at a short hearing at Sunderland Civic Centre.

His body was identified by his fiancee.

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Mr Winter said that a post-mortem examination on his body was carried out on Tuesday and a report is currently being prepared.

Mr Winter said: “Pending further police investigations and the availability of the post-mortem report, my intention is to adjourn the hearing until November 28 at 10am when matters can be finalised.”

Following Rfn Anderson’s death, a spokesman for the MoD said: “We can confirm that Rfn Robert Anderson of 3rd Battalion, The RIFLES, was found dead in Sunderland on 8 September.

“This is under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

“Our thoughts are with Rfn Anderson’s family and friends at this difficult time.”