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Sentencing date set at Ipswich Crown Court for Bury St Edmunds vigilante killers



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A father and son convicted of murder are to be sentenced at the end of this month.

On Monday, a jury found Bury St Edmunds residents David and Edward King guilty of murder.

This was in connection with the death of 47-year-old Neil Charles, who died on June 20 last year.

David King, 55, and his 19-year-old son, Edward, were found guilty of murder on Monday.
David King, 55, and his 19-year-old son, Edward, were found guilty of murder on Monday.

The Kings are due at Ipswich Crown Court for a sentencing hearing on June 27.

During the trial, the court was told that the pair had been fantasising for years about killing criminals, after themselves being targeted by car thieves in 2019.

The prosecution claimed that father and son shared an 'obsession' with weapons, and had amassed a large collection of knives, swords and licensed firearms.

Their victim, Mr Charles, had over 90 previous convictions for property-related offences.

In the early hours of June 20, 2021, he had been sighted attempting to break into cars parked in the Moreton Hall estate.

One of these belonged to the King family.

Moments after Mr Charles left their driveway, David and Edward King were captured on CCTV leaving the family home, armed with a knife and a ninja sword.

In the attack that followed, the victim sustained a stab wound to the chest, as well as cuts to the knee area from the ninja sword.

He was subsequently picked up by emergency workers, but died at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, two days later.

Following the attack, the Kings went to great lengths to deceive police, with David alleging that the victim accidentally ran into his knife.

He also tried to cover up his son's role in the events.

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