Death of a man whose body was found in a Seaham car park has been ruled as suicide

Sunderland’s senior coroner Derek Winter has ruled the death of a man who was found at a Seaham car park as suicide.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:42 am

Senior coroner Derek Winter held a final inquest hearing at Sunderland Coroner's Court, based at Sunderland Civic Centre, on Wednesday, March 24, into the death of 58-year-old Paul Lumley, of Morello Crescent in Sunderland.

Police opened an investigation at the time but have since confirmed there was no third party involvement in Mr Lumley’s death.

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The body of Paul Kennedy was found in Seaham Hall Beach Car Park. Photo: Google Maps.
The body of Paul Kennedy was found in Seaham Hall Beach Car Park. Photo: Google Maps.

When concluding, Mr Winter said: “Sadly, the intentional actions of Mr Lumley are the contributing factors to his death.

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"Therefore, my verdict of this inquest is one of suicide.”

The coroner also offered his condolences to Mr Lumley’s family who were in court.

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