Reward to catch Karl's killer doubled

joined to double the reward on offer to find the killer of Karl Morris.This week is the fifth anniversary of Mr Morris' murder, who died after trying to break up a fight outside the Queen's Arms pub in Great Cornard.

joined to double the reward on offer to find the killer of Karl Morris.

This week is the fifth anniversary of Mr Morris' murder, who died after trying to break up a fight outside the Queen's Arms pub in Great Cornard.

Mr Morris, 23, who lived in Abbas Walk, Great Cornard, received serious head injuries during the in the pub car park on Good Friday, April 2, 1999. He died the following day in West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Now in the latest bid to bring his killer to justice, the EADT and Suffolk police have agreed to double their initial £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Mr Morris' murder.

The money will be added to the £2,000 that has already been raised by his grieving mother, Frances, bringing the total reward to £4,000.

Mr Morris enjoyed a close relationship with his extended family who live in Kirkby Cross, near Frinton. He spent every weekend visiting his father, Peter, his stepmother, Maureen, and her children, Robert and Charlene.

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Last night his stepmother welcomed the increased reward being offered by the EADT and Suffolk Police.

"Obviously we are very grateful the award has been increased and we hope it might persuade someone to come forward," she said.

"We will never get over losing Karl - it has destroyed all our lives. We do try to get on with life, but it is very difficult because we know Karl is never coming back.

"We all loved him so much and his father finds it very difficult to accept. Charlene was very close to Karl and took his death very hard. It has also had a big affect on Robert, he will never go to pubs or clubs because of what happened. We are all still very bitter."

Mr Morris' mother, Frances, added: "Although nothing can ever bring Karl back or compensate for his death, we need to draw a conclusion to the case.

"We just want everything over and done with so all of Karl's family can just get on with our lives and grieve in our own way without having to worry about everything else surrounding the case."

Terry Hunt, editor of the EADT, said: "It's now five years since Karl Morris' brutal murder. Five years of agony for his family and friends, in particular his mother.

"I really hope doubling the reward will encourage someone to come forward with a vital piece of information which could lead police to finding Karl's killer."

Detectives leading the five-year-old murder inquiry hope the new cash reward will provide a vital break-through in the investigation.

They have already taken the rare step of naming a man they want to question in connection with the incidents leading to the death of Mr Morris.

He is former soldier Stephen Mackay, 33, who was known to have been in the car park at the time of the fight, but then disappeared without trace.

Detectives believe Mr Mackay may hold vital information, but lengthy inquiries both home and abroad have so far failed to find his whereabouts.

Since the murder, police have followed up more than 250 separate lines of inquiry and taken more than 80 statements. There have also been regular television appeals, including features on Crimewatch UK and a reconstruction of events on Crime Night.

Det Insp Stuart McCallum, who is leading the investigation, said: "This case remains very much open and local people can still play an important role in helping us by getting in touch if they have any information on the whereabouts of Mr Mackay.

"I hope that the news of this enhanced award will encourage anyone who can help us to come forward in confidence. I would like to thank the EADT for their continued support."

Reports have placed Mr Mackay in Thailand, America, Germany and as close to home as Essex. He is white, 6ft 3in tall, well-built and with short brown hair.

Anyone with information should contact Sudbury police on 01284 774300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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