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19 January 2011, 16:50
A 19-year-old man has today been given a life sentence for murder.
Ryan Bowers from Ely Way in Thetford must serve at least twenty years for the murder of Anthony Adams in June last year.
At approximately 1:55pm on Saturday 5 June 2010, officers were called to an address at Ely Way and discovered 19-year-old Anthony with serious chest injuries. Anthony was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital but died a short time later.
The girlfriend of Ryan Bowers, 20-year-old Shana Langston, from Browning Road in Ipswich was also found guilty of assisting him. Shana Langston hid the knives that Ryan Bowers had used to stab Anthony and encouraged him to leave the scene.
She is due to be sentenced next month.
At the time of Ryan Bowers conviction, DI Andy Guy from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, commented on the case saying:
"It is incredibly sad that these two young men had been friends before the events that took place in June last year. Anthony has now lost his life and Ryan Bowers will spend a large part of his in prison.
Throughout the trial Ryan Bowers said he didn’t mean to kill Anthony, just use the knives to scare him. I have heard this many times over the years and the really clear message I want to send out is - do not carry knives. Those that do could risk finding themselves in the same position as Ryan Bowers."