An inquest into the death of a 77-year-old man has been suspended after a man was charged with murder.

On April 6, police and ambulance crews were called to a property in Wendover, where they found John Bamford. He was pronounced dead on the scene at around 6pm.

Courtnay Bamford, aged 36, was arrested and later charged with one count of murder in connection with the incident.

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At Beaconsfield Coroners Court yesterday (Friday), Senior Coroner for Buckinghamshire, Crispin Butler, opened the inquest into Mr Bamford’s death.

Immediately after opening the inquest, Mr Butler announced that his investigation would be suspended until legal proceedings are completed.

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At the short hearing, Mr Butler said: “An investigation was launched which completed a post-mortem on Mr Bamford.

“An individual has been charged with his murder.

“I am suspending the investigation and inquest pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.”

Mr Bamford, who was originally from Watford, was formerly a kitchen fitter and had lived in Aston Clinton.

Following his death, many people who knew Mr Bamford paid tribute.

One well-wisher said: “John, I worked for the best kitchen fitter there was from 1991 to 2005.

What a tragedy. I wanted to express my thanks and gratitude for all that you taught me. Sleep tight boss.”