Mildenhall man Andrew Turner has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of his friend during a drunken incident at a house in the town.
Turner, 50, from Pembroke Close, Mildenhall will serve a minimum of 17 years for the murder of Paul Bone, 40, of Trinity Avenue, Mildenhall on 20 December 2013.
He was found guilty by a jury yesterday.
During the trial the court heard that Mr Bone was found collapsed from a fatal stabbing outside a home in Pembroke Close at around 12:50am.
During the trial the jury heard that Paul Bone and the defendant, Andrew Turner had been friends and they had met up at Turner’s address to have a few drinks before Christmas.
The two friends had met up along with Turner’s partner Julie Salmon and there had been a night of heavy drinking.
Turner, who denied murder, claimed that Mr Bone had attacked him and tried to rape Ms Salmon.
Detective Inspector Kevin Hayward from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team said after the verdict: “This was a tragic incident where a night of celebration just before Christmas led to an argument between two friends that resulted in one losing their life. Hopefully the result at court and the eventual sentencing of Turner will give some form of closure for Paul Bone’s family.
“We would like to thank all those people who assisted us with this investigation, particularly those living locally in Mildenhall who came forward with information.”