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River body: Cause of death unascertained

PUBLISHED: 16:32 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 30 June 2010

The cause of death of a Great Yarmouth man who is believed to have been murdered and then dumped in the River Yare is still “unascertained”, an inquest heard.

The cause of death of a Great Yarmouth man who is believed to have been murdered and then dumped in the River Yare is still “unascertained”, an inquest heard.

The body of Derick Tempest, 30, a father of three from Nottingham Way, Yarmouth, was found by the Berney Arms on a riverbank on April 16, nearly six months after he went missing.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned in Norwich, and heard that Mr Tempest, who was born in London, was last seen alive at about 3.45pm on October 28 last year when he was spotted walking along Yarmouth's Blackfriars Road towards Hall's Garage in nearby Camden Place.

His family reported him missing the following day.

Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong said a post mortem examination was carried out by Dr Benjamin Swift, who gave the provisional cause of death as unascertained in a preliminary report.

Mr Armstrong said further investigations were being carried out as to the cause of death, and adjourned the inquest until the police investigation was completed.

As reported, because of forensic evidence found in Hall's Garage, police believe Mr Tempest came to harm there and was dumped into the River Yare after being moved there by a white van belonging to the garage on the night of October 28.

The owners of Hall's Garage, Jim Hall, 60, and Andy Ventham, 49, were found dead in the building five days after Mr Tempest's disappearance.


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