Two Jailed For Life For Chantry Park Murder
15 July 2013, 13:09
Two people have been jailed for life for murdering a man in Chantry Park in Ipswich in 2012.
35-year-old Christopher Thompson's body was found at around 6:50am on Thursday 15 November.
A post mortem examination concluded that Mr Thompson had died as the result of an assault.
Christopher Wilson, 34, and Deanna Stanton, 27, both of no fixed abode, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday 16 November.
Both were taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre and were charged with murder the following day.
On Tuesday 09 July, at Ipswich Crown Court, both Wilson and Stanton were found guilty of murder. Christopher Wilson was also found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The pair are now due to be sentenced on Monday 15 July.
Today, Monday 15 July, Wilson has been jailed for life, with a minimum of 20 year. Stanton has also been given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 15 years.
Following last week's conviction Detective Inspector Kevin Hayward of the Suffolk and Norfolk Major Investigation Team said: “This case has been a complex investigation with both defendants blaming each other for the death of Christopher Thompson.
“The attack on Mr Thompson was violent and unprovoked and the level of physical violence was extreme.
“We are pleased with today’s result and hope that the decision by the jury assists the family of Mr Thompson in coming to terms with their loss and provides some justice to them as they look to rebuild their lives.
“Suffolk Police and the Joint Major Investigation team would also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public who contacted us and assisted in this case.”