Ipswich: Man Guilty Of Manslaughter

A man has been found guilty of manslaughter at Ipswich Crown Court today after the death of a man last year.

An Ipswich man has today been found guilty of manslaughter, loss of control following the death of Lee Jackson from Chesterton Close, Ipswich.

Police were called to flats in Chesterton Close at around 4.52am on Saturday 22nd October 2011, following reports that a man had been stabbed.

43-year-old Lee Jackson was pronounced deceased at the scene.

22-year-old Sebastian Kornjaca, an electrical engineer from St Anthonys Cresent, Ipswich was arrested later that day and subsequently charged with murder.

Following a two-week trial at Ipswich Crown Court where the jury heard how Mr Jackson had been subjected to a serious sustained attack resulting in 27 stab wounds, the jury came back today with a guilty verdict of manslaughter loss of control against the defendant, Sebastian Kornjaca.

Detective Chief Inspector, Neil Luckett from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team who lead the enquiry said:

"Today's verdict at Ipswich Crown Court reflects the severity of the attack on Mr Jackson. 

There is no doubt that Sebastian Kornjaca made a deliberate attempt to disguise himself and intended to cause Lee Jackson serious harm. Unfortunately he achieved his goal. He carried out a sustained violent attack resulting in the 27 stabs wounds, which eventually killed Lee Jackson.

I would like to thank the witnesses who attended to give evidence in difficult circumstances for them, the police officers who attended the scene, investigation and prosecution teams.

More importantly I would like to pay tribute to Lee Jackson's mother and girlfriend who have maintained their quiet dignity throughout what, at times, has been a difficult and often harrowing trial.

I hope that this verdict can bring some closure to Mr Jackson's family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this time."

Mr Kornjaca will be sentenced on May 31st. 

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