Inquest of Geoffrey Caton, 57, who was stabbed to death in Bury St Edmunds, is opened and adjourned

Mr Caton's body was discovered at his home in Cumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT

Mr Caton's body was discovered at his home in Cumberland Avenue in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

An inquest looking into the death of 57-year-old Geoffrey Caton who was found stabbed to death at his home in Bury St Edmunds has been opened and adjourned.

Geoffrey Caton, who was stabbed in his home in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

Geoffrey Caton, who was stabbed in his home in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE - Credit: Archant

The inquest heard Mr Caton’s body was discovered at his home in Cumberland Avenue on Thursday, July 20.

He had been stabbed a total of 65 times.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said a port-mortem examination had revealed the cause of death was a result of ‘hypovolemic shock as a result of multiple stab wounds’.

He told the hearing the majority of the stab wounds were to Mr Caton’s chest and that he had also suffered further ‘assault injuries’ to his head, body and arms.

Dr Dean said these included defensive injuries.

Mourad Belarbi, 43, of Lake Avenue, Bury, has been charged with his murder.

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A preliminary trial date has been set for January 15 next year at Ipswich Crown Court.

Dr Dean adjourned the inquest until December.

He said: “Our thoughts are very much with Mr Caton’s family.

“I wish to offer my thoughts and condolences to them.”

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