Norfolk

Man jailed for life for Great Yarmouth murder

William Rowley
Image caption William Rowley had a long history of serious violence, said police

A Great Yarmouth man has been jailed for life for the murder of a 52-year-old.

Archie Kerr was assaulted near his home in Deneside, Great Yarmouth, in a row with a group of men in January 2010 and later died in hospital.

William Rowley, 37, of Ordnance Road, was found guilty of murder by a jury at Norwich Crown Court.

Co-defendant Darren Peake, 37, of Gloucester Avenue, Gorleston, was acquitted of murder.

Rowley was told he would serve a minimum of 17 years before being considered for parole.

Det Insp Andy Guy, of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, who led the investigation, welcomed the result.

"The court heard that Rowley had a long history of serious violence," he said.

"The attack on Archie Kerr was totally unprovoked and appears to have been revenge for an earlier altercation involving Archie's son.

"The level of violence used was extreme and totally unnecessary."

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