Man pleads guilty to murder of Bury St Edmunds jeweller

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A man who was extradited from Poland has admitted killing Bury St Edmunds jeweller Peter Avis.

Ireneusz Melaniuk, 28, of no fixed address, appeared today (Monday) at Ipswich Crown Court where speaking through an interpreter, he pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Avis on January 13.

Melaniuk, who was detained in Poland for an unconnected matter and then extradited to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant, is expected to be sentenced next month.

Warwick Allesson, representing Melaniuk, said the guilty plea to murder was on the basis that he had not set out with the intention of killing Mr Avis or been aware that anyone was inside the property.

Appearing for the Crown Prosecution Service, Peter Gair told the court that it was accepted that it had not been a premeditated murder by Melaniuk who had been carrying a knife.

Mr Avis, 66, was killed at his flat above the Collis and Son jewellers shop which he ran in Abbeygate Street in Bury.

Melaniuk also pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary at Collis and Son on January 13 when a quantity of jewellery was stolen.

Judge John Devaux told Melaniuk that he would continue to be remanded in custody until he was sentenced.