Felixstowe: Family unhappy over ‘reasonable force’ verdict in Darryl Bundy stabbing death

Family of a Felixstowe father-of-three who was stabbed to death said they could not believe stabbing amounted to “reasonable force”.

Prosecutors said Kye Chilton, 24, had acted in self-defence when he stabbed 29-year-old Darryl Bundy during an incident at his father John Treasure’s house, and no charges will be brought.

But Mr Bundy’s family say they would have liked the matter to have been put before a jury.

Mr Bundy’s mother Veda, of Stour Avenue, Felixstowe, said: “I cannot believe stabbing is reasonable force.

“A punch, or a kick, or throwing someone against the wall or to the ground would seem to me to be reasonable force, but not to kill someone.

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“It’s been eight months, we feel it’s taken a long time to get to this stage.

“It’s been a real shock to us all.

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“I know nothing will bring Darryl back, but we hoped it would have been put before 12 independent people on a jury, people who did not know Darryl, or Mr Chilton or Mr Treasure, to look at all the evidence and make a decision.

“All I have for my son’s life is two bits of A4 paper explaining why they are not going to prosecute and a thank you for our co-operation.”

The family are considering seeking legal advice, especially with an inquest into Mr Bundy’s death still to be held.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it was satisfied Mr Chilton had acted in self-defence.

“In a case such as this we have to ask whether the use of force was necessary and whether it was reasonable in the circumstances. Each case is considered on its individual facts,” said deputy chief Crown prosecutor Paula Abrahams.

“People are entitled to use reasonable force in self-defence to defend themselves, their family and their property.”

Police said that following a thorough investigation, a file was submitted to the CPS, who made the decision that no further action would be taken.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said the force did not wish to comment further.

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