Murder accused appear in court

TWO men charged with the murder of an unemployed 45-year-old have today appeared in court.

Patrick Baker’s body was found in his flat in Blackfriars, Sudbury, on April 10 after a neighbour raised concerns for his welfare.

Last night 33-year-old Neil Broomfield, of Ballingdon Street in Sudbury, and 30-year-old Simon Barnes, of Reydon Way in Great Cornard, were charged with Mr Baker’s murder.

Both today appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds.

Crew cut Broomfield, dressed in a dark long-sleeved tee-shirt and shaven headed Barnes, who wore a yellow tee-shirt, appeared beside one another in the dock of the town’s main courtroom.

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Both confirmed their names and addresses.

No details of the case were discussed during the brief hearing and the case was transferred directly to Ipswich Crown Court, where the pair will appear tomorrow.

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Both men were remanded in custody for 24 hours by magistrates.

A 38-year-old man from Sudbury, who was arrested by police at the same time as Broomfield and Barnes, has been released on police bail.

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