Man found in flat died of carbon monoxide poisoning, inquest opening hears

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man

Emergency services at a flat on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk after the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in the property. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire - Credit: Archant

A man whose body was found by police after they had forced their way into a flat died of carbon monoxide poisoning, an inquest opening has heard.

Flowers have been left outside a house in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston. Police have launched a probe int

Flowers have been left outside a house in Oxford Avenue, Gorleston. Police have launched a probe into the deaths of a man and a woman after two bodies were found at the scene Picture: Liz Coates - Credit: Archant

Niraj Patel, 31, from Flackwell Heath in High Wycombe, died in the property on Oxford Avenue in Gorleston on July 21.

Shortly after 7.30pm that day, police responding to concerns for a couple’s safety broke into the house and found the bodies of Mr Patel and 33-year-old mother-of-two Alex Mills.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into Mr Patel’s death opened on Thursday (August 27) at Norfolk Coroners’ Court, at which it was said his medical cause of death was carbon monoxide toxicity.

Senior Coroner for Norfolk Jacqueline Lake adjourned the full inquest until 2pm on November 23 this year at Carrow House in Norwich.

At the time of the deaths, friends who live nearby said the couple had been in a relationship for around five years and had met on an internet dating site.