A DRUG dealer was killed after he was stabbed in the chest at a block of flats in Bridgwater, an inquest heard.

Tyrone Mulinde, 20, of no fixed address, died from knife wounds in a top-floor flat in the Dampiet House hostel on George Street, Bridgwater on October 20, 2018.

At a hearing at Taunton Coroner's Court on Wednesday (January 22) senior coroner Tony Williams indefinitely adjourned an inquest into Mr Mulinde's death after revealing Olivia Cromwell, aged 18 and Nial Koporo, aged 24, who were accused of Mr Mulinde's murder, were found not guilty following a trial in November 2019.

The inquest heard a post mortem examination by pathologist Dr Basil Purdeue revealed Mr Mulinde died from stab wounds to the chest which caused hemopericardium, the leakage of blood into the pericardial sac around the heart.

Mr Williams said: "The immediate cause of death was a stab wound to the chest that went through the breast bone and punctured the heart in two places.

"The wound caused blood to leak out under pressure into the bag around the heart."

Mr Williams recorded Mr Mulinde's cause of death as hemopericardium and stab wounds to the chest and adjourned the inquest indefinitely.