Inquest into death
of taxi driver, 71

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A part-time taxi driver who was still working into his 70s was found dead at home, an inquest heard.

Jack Porter, 71, of The Croft, Sheriff Hutton, was found by police officers after a workmate raised the alarm.

An inquest into his death was held at Scarborough Rugby Club on Tuesday May 27.

The inquest heard that on October 10 last year, a colleague from the taxi company where Mr Porter worked on a casual basis was passing his home and decided to call in. He became worried when there was no answer at the door, despite his car being outside.

Concerns were also raised due to the amount of mail on the floor and dead flies on the window sill. The police were called after gaining access, a police officer found Mr Porter laid on the floor.

Dr Mohammed Musa, who carried out a post mortem, said he believes Mr Porter may have been there for some time.

The cause of death could not be ascertained and an open verdict was recorded by coroner Michael Oakley.

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