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Jurors in the case of a father and son accused of killing in a man in a 'vigilante' attack have been sent out to consider their verdict.

The trial of David and Edward King - residents of Radnor Close, Bury St Edmunds - began at Ipswich Crown Court two months ago.

The pair have been charged with murder and manslaughter over the death of 47-year-old Neil Charles.

The jury has been sent out in the case of the men accused of killing Neil Charles (right).
The jury has been sent out in the case of the men accused of killing Neil Charles (right).

Mr Charles sustained a fatal stab wound in Winsford Road last June, and died at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, two days later.

The prosecution in the case claims that the Kings set upon the victim with a knife and ninja sword, after he was seen attempting to break into cars parked on the Moreton Hall estate.

This, the Crown argues, was a premeditated 'vigilante' attack, with both defendants having fantasised about killing thieves years before the incident.

David King has claimed Mr Charles accidentally ran into his knife, which he had only produced as a deterrent.

He has alleged that the victim lashed out at him, and that Edward was not physically present when the incident occurred.

He stressed he will require a unanimous verdict if the accused are to be found guilty on any of the counts against them.

Both of the accused deny charges of murder and manslaughter.

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