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Man convicted of killing pensioner in attempted robbery in Ipswich

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A man has been convicted of manslaughter over the death of a 74-year-old in an attempted robbery.

Today, 35-year old Rhys Burroughs appeared via video link at Ipswich Crown Court to plead guilty to counts of manslaughter and attempted robbery.

These were in connection with the death of Clive Wyard four years ago.

Clive Wyard was found unconscious in 2018.
Clive Wyard was found unconscious in 2018.

Mr Wyard was found unconscious on his driveway in Valley Road, Ipswich, on June 20, 2018.

He died 12 days later, with a coroner concluding that he had sustained a severe head injury.

Rhys Burroughs - formerly of Colchester Road - was charged with murder in connection with the incident last year.

Burroughs had been linked to Mr Wyard's death by forensic evidence.

The victim, a retired dock worker, was assaulted while returning home from the Royal George pub.

Burroughs is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated offence.

His plea is an admission that he attacked Mr Wyard during an attempted robbery, and that, while he did not intend to kill him, his actions on the night were the cause of his death.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled at Ipswich Crown Court for September 5.

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