A POLICE officer who visited the home of a Bolton man who later died is to face a hearing for gross misconduct.

PC David Perry went to the end-of-terrace home of Jim Wright and his wife in Pleasant Gardens, Bolton, on the evening of October 18 2016 in response to reports of domestic violence against Mr Wright. 

The following day Mr Wright, a former painter and decorator, was admitted to hospital, where he died on October 24. 

PC Perry, an officer with Greater Manchester Police, will be subject to a gross misconduct hearing on Tuesday, following an independent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. 

The IPCC investigation looked at the actions of the police force prior to Mr Wright's death, and in particular, the role played by PC Perry the day before 59-year-old Mr Wright was admitted to hospital.

The commission's report was finalised in June last year and then shared with Greater Manchester Police.

Within the report, the IPCC recommended to the force that PC Perry had a case to answer for breaching the standards of behaviour expected of a police officer, specifically in relation to honesty and integrity and neglect of duties. 

On October 5 last year a coroner recorded an open verdict into Mr Wright's death.

The gross misconduct hearing will be held at GMP headquarters in Manchester after which the IPCC says it will consider publishing the findings.

Only two months before his death Mr Wright, who had to retire through disability, lost all his clothes and photographs of his daughter in a blaze at his home.

He and his wife survived the fire, caused when bedding caught fire. Mr Wright had left a cigarette in an ashtray when he went downstairs to watch television.

The contents of the bedroom at the council home, where he and his wife had lived for 20 years, were destroyed.