Two Sentenced After Man's Death

Two men have been sentenced after the death of another man.

45-year-old Patrick Baker was found dead in his home in Sudbury on Saturday 10th of April, 2010.

At Ipswich Crown Court in February 2011, 33-year-old unemployed Neil Broomfield from Ballingdon Street in Sudbury was found guilty of murder and 31-year-old unemployed Simon Barnes from Raydon Way in Great Cornard was found guilty of manslaughter.

At the same court today, Neil Broomfield was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years while Simon Barnes was sentenced to nine years’ in prison.

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Andy Smith from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team, said: "Patrick’s murder was a tragic crime which left the local community deeply shocked and our sympathies remain with his family and friends.

His murder resulted in a lengthy inquiry by the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team which was helped by the public who offered a great deal of support and information. I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to this enquiry and everyone in the community, including the media, for their help and support which enabled quick arrests and ultimately today’s conclusion. Murder remains a rare crime in Suffolk, but still brings fear to the community, even when those responsible are known to the victim. At the time of Patrick’s death and afterwards, the Sudbury and Great Cornard Safer Neighbourhood Team has worked hard to ensure everyone can continue to feel and stay safe in the town."

Neil Broomfield Simon Barnes