Bury St Edmunds: Murderer is sentenced to 22 years in prison

A 49-YEAR-OLD man has today been sentenced to 22 years behind bars for the murder of Robin Lionnet.

Mark Turner, from Cockfield, was found guilty by a jury on August 30 for killing and appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today for sentencing.

Police were called to reports of an altercation outside a property in Ashwell Road, Bury St Edmunds, shortly before midnight on February 20.

Officers found 42-year-old Robin Lionnet lying injured in the back garden of is home and Turner sitting in a vehicle outside the property.

Mr Lionnet was taken to West Suffolk Hospital where he later died. A post mortem noted the cause of death was a single stab wound to the lung and that the puncture wound was consistent with a screwdriver found in Turner’s vehicle.

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Turner was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre where he was charged with murder on February 22.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Mattin said “This was a tragic case in which an argument led to a violent attack which took the life of a man. Our sympathies remain with the family and friends of Mr Lionnet.

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“Crimes of this severity are extremely rare in Suffolk and in this case, both men were known to each other, with no threat being posed to the wider community.

“The case highlights the danger of committing acts of violence and the tragic outcomes they can result in. Disputes that end in violence can have severe consequences and we are committed to ensuring that anyone responsible for this type of crime is held fully accountable for their actions.”

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