Suffolk

Ipswich Christmas Day murder: Two men guilty

Timothy Bailey (l) and Joseph Heggarty (r)
Image caption Bailey (l) and Heggarty (r) will be sentenced at a later date

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of a 45-year-old man whose body was found in a flat in Suffolk on Christmas Day last year.

Martin Edwards was found in his home in Old Foundry Road in Ipswich. He died from multiple injuries.

Timothy Bailey, 29, of no fixed address, and Joseph Heggarty, 51, from Limerick Close, Ipswich, were convicted at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.

They were remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

Nicki Edwards, 37, of St Clements Church Lane, Ipswich, and Christopher Page, 38, of no fixed address, were found not guilty of Mr Edwards' murder.

Det Insp Andy Smith, of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: "Martin Edwards was a vulnerable member of society. In the days and weeks leading up to his death he had been bullied and physically abused.

"The injuries that caused Martin's death were extensive and demonstrate that he was subject to a horrific and prolonged assault.

"The callous way in which Martin was left for dead or dying in his flat whilst his killers continued to celebrate Christmas is quite honestly beyond comprehension.

"We can only hope that [the] verdict will provide some satisfaction and closure to Martin's family. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with them at this time."

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