Court: Former Peterborough boxer’s body parts found in his fridge

Shaun Cummins in the heyday of his career in Peterborough. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph Archives
Shaun Cummins in the heyday of his career in Peterborough. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph Archives
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Body parts belonging to former Peterborough boxer Shaun Cummins, who was allegedly murdered were found by police in freezers at his home.

Mr Cummins (44) was found dead at his bungalow in Marriott Road, Leicester, on Wednesday, 12 September.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court this week heard that Mr Cummins had died some time on or after Saturday, 1 September, with police making the grisly discovery of human remains in freezers after they were called to the property on the Saffron Lane estate.

Thomas Dunkley (28), of no fixed address, was remanded in custody at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday after being charged with his murder.

Appearing in court wearing a grey tracksuit, Dunkley entered no plea during the hearing. He was arrested in Wakefield on Friday.

Mr Cummins, nicknamed “The Guvnor”, was a prominent boxer in the 1990s and fought in Peterborough on several occasions under the tutelage of legendary city trainer Kevin Sanders, as well as working with promoters Barry Hearn and Frank Warren.

He retired from the squared circle in 1995 and, according to his Facebook page, went on to become a body-builder, debt collector and a bodyguard for former Blue member Lee Ryan.

However, a motorcycle accident in 2004 left him paralysed from the chest down and bedridden leaving him relying on assistance from a carer and nurses, with a nurse last visiting the house in September 1, the last time he was seen alive.

Cummins’ former trainer Kevin Sanders described him as a “talented fighter” but one who let down the people who helped him.

He said: “He was a good boxer, a very talented boxer, but I think he wasted himself by the way he treated people.

“It was a shame. He was a bit of a bully to the people who supported him, particularly in this town.

“As a technical fighter he was world class and I personally never had any problems with him, but to a number of people in Peterborough he was a bully.

“He was looked after by a number of people in Peterborough but unfortunately he did not appreciate what people did for him and consequently his sponsorship stopped.

“We decided it wasn’t right for us to carry on working together and he left and went back to Leicester.”

Cummins was a former WBA champion

Former trainer Kevin Sanders said Shaun Cummins was an excellent boxer who wasted his potential.

He retired in 1995 after nine years as a professional, one of the highlights of which was winning the WBA Pentacontinental light-middleweight belt after he beat Steve Foster in 1992.

He had a professional record of 22 wins with 14 knockouts, six defeats and a draw out of 29 fights.

As well as fighting at the Royal Albert Hall on more than one occasion, he also took part in a series of fights at the Mallard Park Hotel in Peterborough in 1991 and 1992.