Mildenhall: Andrew Turner must serve at least 17 years in jail for murdering his friend Paul Bone
PUBLISHED: 18:18 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 18:18 25 June 2014
A Suffolk man who stabbed his friend in the heart during a Christmas celebration must serve a minimum of 17 years in jail after being found guilty of murder.
Andrew Turner, 50, from Pembroke Close, Mildenhall, was convicted of the murder of Paul Bone following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.
Today, he received a life sentence, and was told he must serve at least 17 years behind bars.
Police were called to a property in Pembroke Close at around 12.50am on Friday, December 20, where they found Paul Bone, 40, from Trinity Avenue, Mildenhall had been fatally stabbed.
A postmortem examination confirmed Mr Bone died as a result of a single stab wound.
Turner was arrested that day and charged with murder which he pleaded not guilty to at a later hearing.
During the trial the jury heard that Mr Bone and Turner had been friends, who had met up at the defendant’s address to have a few drinks before Christmas.
An altercation broke out which in which Mr Bone was stabbed in his heart.
The stab wound was described in the pathologist’s report as being of severe force, which nicked one of Mr Bone’s rib bones.
Mr Bone was found collapsed in the doorway of the house by a neighbour who called the police.
At the end of the trial the jury found Andrew Turner guilty of murder.
Speaking at the conclusion of the trial, detective inspector Kevin Hayward from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team said: “This was a tragic incident where a night of celebration just before Christmas led to an argument between two friends that resulted in one losing their life. Hopefully the result at court and the eventual sentencing of Turner will give some form of closure for Paul Bone’s family.
“We would like to thank all those people who assisted us with this investigation, particularly those living locally in Mildenhall who came forward with information.”
After the sentencing Mr Bone’s family said: “Paul is deeply missed by all of his family and friends. His untimely death in such tragic circumstances has profoundly affected us all.
“The last six months leading up to the trial of his killer Andrew Turner have been horrific, however, justice has now been served and Paul’s mum Linda can now slowly attempt to come to terms with his death.
“Paul was a loving and generous man who always had time for everybody else especially those who were less fortunate than himself. Reportedly one of the most popular carp fishermen in East Anglia, fellow anglers and friends have said that the riverbanks will simply just not be the same without him.
“A great friend to many, a role model and hero to his younger cousins and a loving son. Paul will be in our hearts and thoughts forever.”