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Peter Avis murder: Pair guilty of conspiracy to rob jeweller

Collis & Son jewellers, Bury St Edmunds
Image caption Peter Avis was found dead in the flat above his shop in Abbeygate Street

Two people have been found guilty of conspiring to rob a Suffolk jeweller, who was killed during a raid.

Peter Avis, 66, was stabbed to death in the flat above his shop in Bury St Edmunds earlier this year.

Pawel Borowiecki, 31, of Roslyn Road, London, and Aleksandra Karpiuk, 27, of Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, denied conspiracy to commit burglary.

They were convicted by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court and will be sentenced at a later date.

Karpiuk was also found guilty of assisting an offender.

Mr Avis's body was found in his flat above Collis & Son in Abbeygate Street on 13 January.

Murder sentencing

The court heard Karpiuk drove Pyotr Melaniuk, 28, to Stansted Airport after the killing.

He is one of three other men who appeared in court earlier this year and admitted offences relating to the raid.

Melaniuk, who was arrested in Poland, pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Avis.

Kamil Kita, 21, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Pawel Pacian, 34, of Lake Avenue in Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

They are awaiting dates for sentencing.

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