THE cause of death of a man which sparked a murder investigation has been confirmed during an inquest.

An inquest was opened into the death of Dale Bond, 45, at Oxford Coroner’s Court on Thursday (March 21).

It was heard that Mr Bond, a warehouse supervisor, was found unresponsive at his home address in Mullein Road, Bicester at 1.08pm.

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A post-mortem examination was carried and the medical cause of death has been confirmed as a stab wound to the chest.

Since his death, 22-year-old Bailey Heywood, of no fixed abode, has been arrested and charged with his murder.

She is due to stand trial on September 2 at Oxford Crown Court.

A full inquest date has not been set due to ongoing criminal investigations.