Man accused of Peter Avis’s murder in court

Police outside the jewellers on Abbeygate Street where the body of a man was discovered this morning.
Police outside the jewellers on Abbeygate Street where the body of a man was discovered this morning.
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A MAN accused of the murder of Bury St Edmunds jeweller Peter Avis has appeared in court after being extradited from Poland.

Pytor Melaniuk, 28, spoke only once through an interpreter to confirm his name at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

He is accused of murdering 66-year-old Peter Avis on January 13 at his flat above the Collis and Son jewellers shop, which he ran in Abbeygate Street.

Melaniuk was detained in Poland on Tuesday under a European Arrest Warrant.

No indication of plea was given and Melaniuk was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on July 20.

In May, Kamil Kita, 20, of no fixed address, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Avis and not guilty to conspiracy to burgle Mr Avis’s shop between December 1 and January 14.

Three others arrested in connection with the burglary at Mr Avis’s flat and shop appeared at the same hearing.

Aleksandra Karpiuk, 27, of Lake Avenue, Bury, and Pawel Borowiecki, 30, of Roslyn Road, London, denied conspiracy to commit burglary.

Pawel Pacian, 35, of Lake Avenue, Bury, also accused of conspiracy to commit burglary, did not enter a plea.

Their trial is set for September.