The tragic case of a man found dead in his flat has led to an appeal for help to formally identify him.

It is believed that this man may have used the name Terence, Terence James, Terry or Terry James and the surname Steadman, Stedman, Denman or Makarab.

He was the full-time carer for his partner but she was too ill to report his death to the authorities.

Neighbours reported their concerns for the man after they did not see him for some weeks after Christmas.

Social services and Brighton coroner’s officer Penny Bailey entered the flat in Tyson Place, Grosvenor Street, Brighton, on February 14 and found the man’s dead body.

His partner, who is aged 51, was alive but extremely ill.

It was likely the man had been dead for about five weeks.

Ms Bailey said his partner may not have survived much longer if she had not been found.

The woman, who has a series of health conditions, has tried to help Ms Bailey with her enquiries but does not know the year her partner was born.

His birthday is June 20 but without a precise date of birth and his correct, full name the coroner cannot release his body for burial.

Onl“I have only a partial date of birth - June 20 - but I do not know what year or exactly where he was born.”

It is believed the couple met in Bradford and came to Brighton in about 1989 or 1990.

Any friends or relatives of the man or anyone with information about him are asked to contact Ms Bailey in confidence on 01273 665526.