The body of Shaun Cummins was discovered at his bungalow
By Matt Blake
A former British boxing champion was killed before being dismembered and his body parts stuffed into freezers at his home, a court has heard.
The body of Shaun Cummins, a former WBA Light-Middleweight Champion nicknamed 'The Guvnor', was discovered at his bungalow after neighbours complained of a stench coming from the property.
Mr Cummins, who was left paralysed after an accident in 2004, was last seen alive on September 1.
Gruesome: The body of Shaun Cummins, a former WBA Light-Middleweight Champion, was discovered at his bungalow after neighbours complained of a stench
After neighbours raised the alarm last Wednesday police searched his home in Leicester and found human body parts hidden in freezers.
Thomas Dunkley, 28, appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Saturday charged with murder.
Dunkley was arrested in Wakefield, West Yorks, and charged with murder last Friday.
It was not revealed in court what caused Mr Cummins’ death.
Dunkley, of no fixed address, wore a grey tracksuit and entered no plea during the hearing.
In action: Mr Cummins, left, retired from boxing in 1995 with a record of 22 wins, six defeats and a draw
He was remanded into custody and was due to appear before magistrates again today.
Career: According to his Facebook page, he went on to become a body builder and debt collector as well as bodyguard for Lee Ryan, former member of boyband Blue
But a motorbike accident in 2004 left him paralysed with no feeling from the chest down.
He cited his favourite victories on his Facebook page as those over former Olympic Bronze medalist and Super Middleweight Champion Richie Woodhall, Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) Champion Tony Velinor, ABA Finalist Brian Robinson, and Terry Morrill.
His final fight was for the British Middleweight title against Neville Brown which he lost in the fifth round.
His Facebook page says: 'To this day the defeat vs. Neville Brown still upsets and angers (Cummins) as he truly feels he should not have taken the fight with a damaged left-hand and underestimating Neville Brown ... but it is what it is and although The Guvnor (sic) never did come anywhere near to the fighter many experts and fans predicted he would be, he still was one hell of a fighter.'
Of life after boxing, it says: 'After Shaun's boxing career came to an abrupt end, he struggled emotionally to find something to do for a living.
'But eventually he found body building and through weight training Shaun added a further 7st to his 6ft frame and at 18st he again started to work the doors, collect debts that were turned down by most debt collectors and was the Body Guard for Lee Ryan of the boy band Blue and life once again felt exciting to Shaun Cummins the fighter.'
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