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Murder-accused Warren Atkinson's plea delayed at Ipswich Crown Court to allow for reports to be prepared



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A plea hearing for an Ipswich man accused of murdering another at a town guest house has been delayed.

Warren Atkinson appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today where he was expected to submit his plea, but his defence team asked for the hearing to be delayed to allow for specialist reports to be prepared.

The 40 year old is accused of killing Steven Povey at the Beaumont Guest House in Norwich Road, where Atkinson was a resident, on July 9.

Beaumont Guest House in Norwich Road, Ipswich.
Beaumont Guest House in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Atkinson appeared in court via video link from Norwich Prison, and during the 44 minute hearing listened to his defence barrister Christopher Paxton discuss with prosecutor Peter Gair how the case would proceed.

Judge Martyn Levett told the court Atkinson's next appearance would be November 9.

A provisional trial date has been set for May, and is expected to last about five weeks, the court was told.

Ipswich Crown Court, in Ipswich, where Warren Atkinson today appeared via video link.
Ipswich Crown Court, in Ipswich, where Warren Atkinson today appeared via video link.

At the opening of Mr Povey's inquest last month, Suffolk Coroner's Court heard the 37-year-old was found by his landlady at the address.

Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service pronounced him dead at the scene, the coroner's court was told.

A Home Office post mortem of his body at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, found extensive bruising to the head and neck, the inquest was told, and further analysis was set to take place.

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