Suffolk

Pair jailed over Sudbury man's death

Neil Broomfield and Simon Barnes
Image caption Neil Broomfield and Simon Barnes both denied murder at their trial at Ipswich Crown Court

Two men have been jailed over the death of a vulnerable man found with multiple injuries at his flat in Suffolk.

Patrick Baker, 45, was found at Blackfriars, Sudbury, on 10 April.

Neil Broomfield, 33, of Ballingdon Street, Sudbury, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 16 years. He was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

Simon Barnes, 31, of Raydon Way, Great Cornard, had denied murder but was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for nine years.

Ipswich Crown Court had heard that Broomfield and Barnes had attacked Patrick Baker in his own home.

A post mortem examination showed Mr Baker had 10 broken ribs - some of them broken more than once.

He also suffered nine or 10 blows to the head and neck.

Det Insp Andy Smith, who led the investigation into Mr Baker's death, said: "Patrick's murder was a tragic crime which left the local community deeply shocked and our sympathies remain with his family and friends."

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