Bildeston: Man faces life term after admitting murder of Brian Knock

Barry Estabrook admitted murdering Brian Knock at Ipswich Crown Court

Barry Estabrook admitted murdering Brian Knock at Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk man is facing a life prison sentence after pleading guilty to murdering a 38-year-old man who was found stabbed to death in a garden.

Brian Knock

Brian Knock - Credit: Archant

Barry Estabrook, 44, of Brooksfield, Bildeston, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday for a plea and case management hearing and admitted murdering Brian Knock on September 1.

Mr Knock’s body was discovered in the garden of a property in Brooksfield, Bildeston, just after 4am on September 1 and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he had died from multiple stab wounds.

Sentence was adjourned until January 10 when a judge will decide the minimum term Estabrook will serve of a mandatory life sentence before he can be considered for release by the parole board. He was remanded in custody.

In a statement after Mr Knock’s death his family paid tribute to him and described him as a devoted son, a fun brother who enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, and a loyal friend.

“He was a big tough man on the outside but a big softy underneath who was not afraid to tell those close to him how much he loved them, or to cry and show his sadness and to laugh out loud when happy,” the family statement said.

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“Brian loved wildlife and had a great knowledge and love for animals, insects and snakes.

“He played the hero on many occasions helping out family, friends and neighbours and sometimes people unknown to him.

“Brian was a cheeky, fun loving character with a big smile and a big heart. Loved by all that knew him, he will be missed beyond words.

“His life was short but he made such a big impression on everyone that he will be remembered in the memories and hearts of all that ever had the good fortune to meet him.”