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Ipswich: Jason Miller, 38, from Saturn Road sentenced after stabbing friend to death with ‘severe force’

PUBLISHED: 18:17 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:17 22 April 2014

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Jason Miller, the 38-year-old Ipswich man who admitted stabbing his friend Russell Capon to death, has been sentenced to a Section 37 hospital order.

Russell CaponRussell Capon

Miller was sentenced to the Section 37 hospital order under the Mental Health Act 1983 with a Section 41 restriction order attached after entering a guilty plea to manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

Jason Miller, formerly from Saturn Road, Ipswich entered the plea at Ipswich Crown Court in relation to the death of 37-year-old Russell Capon from Ramsgate Drive, Ipswich.

The court heard that on the evening of Wednesday, June 12 last year, Jason Miller invited his friend Russell Capon around to his flat in Saturn Road, Ipswich, to spend the evening with himself and his partner.

The three spent the evening together and in the early hours of the following morning, Thursday, June 13, Jason Miller attacked Russell Capon and his partner, a lady in her 50s, with a kitchen knife.

The knife found at the sceneThe knife found at the scene

Neighbours heard noises coming from the flat and the police and ambulance service were called at around 2.50am with a report that a woman had been stabbed at the property.

Upon arrival, Russell Capon was found in a bedroom with stabs wounds and taken to Ipswich Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.The woman had sustained a single stab wound to her leg.

Jason Miller was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

A post-mortem examination on Mr Capon found that he had been stabbed 10 times to his neck, chest and leg. In the post- mortem report, pathologist Dr Ben Swift stated that “severe force” had been applied.

A kitchen knife, matching those in a knife block from the kitchen of the flat in Saturn Road was found in shrubs directly below the bedroom window where Mr Capon had been stabbed.

Forensic examination of the knife found the major DNA profile matched Russell Capon indicating the knife had been used to stab him.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hayward, from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a particularly tragic case where it would appear two friends had a disagreement which resulted in the death of Russell Capon.

“Mr Capon’s family are satisfied that a full and thorough investigation has been carried out and understand the decision the Court has made today to accept the guilty plea to manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

“Our thoughts are with Mr Capon’s family and we hope the sentencing decision will go some way to help them come to terms with the loss of Russell.”

In a statement, the family of Mr Capon said: “On behalf of myself, Victoria O’Connor, Caroline Welham and the family of Russell Capon, I wish to offer a sincere thank-you to everyone involved in this case and bringing it to a conclusion.

“Losing a loved one is the hardest thing in life, but to suddenly have someone ripped from your life is traumatic; no words could ever explain the emotions that surge through you on a daily basis and only time will slowly heal.”

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