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Bury St Edmunds father and son David and Edward King found guilty of vigilante murder of Neil Charles



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A father and son accused of killing a man in a vigilante attack have been found guilty of murder.

At Ipswich Crown Court today, jurors in the case of David and Edward King returned a unanimous guilty verdict.

The pair had been charged with fatally stabbing 47-year-old Neil Charles in the early hours of June 20 last year.

David King, 55, and his 19-year-old son, Edward, have been found guilty of murder.
David King, 55, and his 19-year-old son, Edward, have been found guilty of murder.

Shortly before the attack, Mr Charles - a convicted thief - had been seen attempting to break into a number of vehicles parked in the Moreton Hall estate in Bury St Edmunds.

One of these cars belonged to the King family.

David King, 55, and his 19-year-old son, Edward, set upon Mr Charles with a knife and a ninja sword.

Neil Charles, 47, of Bury St Edmunds, was fatally stabbed by the Kings.
Neil Charles, 47, of Bury St Edmunds, was fatally stabbed by the Kings.

The victim died at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, two days later.

The pair had expressed graphic fantasies about torturing and killing thieves in the years prior to the stabbing.

They also kept a large collection of weapons at home, including knives, swords and licensed firearms.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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