The inquest into a man who was stabbed to death at his home last week has opened. 

Paul Marsh, aged 48, died following the attack at his home on Samuel Street, Atherton, on Friday, November 17. 

The inquest into his death was opened at Bolton Coroners' Court today, Friday, November 24. 

Police coroners officer Robert Struttman said: "At 6.08pm on November 17, a telephone call was made to police, reporting a stabbing at the address. 

"On arrival, they discovered a man unconscious inside the building. Despite medical attention, he was declared life extinct by paramedics at 6.52pm." 

A postmortem investigation carried out by Charles Wilson, a pathologist at Royal Oldham Hospital, found that Mr Marsh died from a "stab wound to the shoulder". 

On Tuesday, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said that a 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder.

In a tribute to Mr Marsh, his family said: “Paul was our son, brother, partner and father and he was loved unconditionally.

"Paul’s death is beyond comprehension, and we cannot believe that he has died in such a violent and tragic way.

“Paul will be remembered for many things not least, his laughter, loyalty, and sense of fun.

“Paul will not be forgotten, and our world is a sadder place without him in it.”

The court also heard that Mr Marsh was unemployed at the time of his death.

Coroner Prof Dr Alan P Walsh requested information from GMP as to whether they would like a second postmortem investigation. 

He will review the case on December 8, and did not set a date for the full inquest.