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Inquest opens into East Harling murder victim Peter Wrighton

PUBLISHED: 10:10 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:10 10 August 2017

Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture Norfolk Constabualry.

Peter Wrighton, who has been named as the 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk. Picture Norfolk Constabualry.

The inquest into the death of a man murdered in East Harling opened in Norwich this morning.

Peter Gerald Wrighton, 83, was found dead in woodland near East Harling on August 5.

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake told the court that Mr Wrighton had left his home, in The Moor, Banham in the morning to walk his dogs.

MORE: Police explain delay in naming Peter Wrighton as victim of East Harling murder

But a member of the public found the retired BT engineer unresponsive in the woods.

Paramedics were called, but Mr Wrighton - who was born in Tottenham - was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital three days later, by his wife Ann.

MORE: Family hopeful of answers after brutal murder of 83-year-old Peter Wrighton in woodland near East Harling

The medical cause of death was given as incised wounds to the neck, following a post-mortem examination by Dr Ginni Fitzpatrick-Swallow.

A review into the inquest will be held on December 14 at Norfolk Coroners Court.

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