Murdered woman’s son is jailed over Bury St Edmunds assault

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The son of a woman murdered in Bury St Edmunds, has been jailed after assaulting a man who had witnessed an assault on his mother.

Karl Roberts, 27, has been jailed for 10 months while accomplice Darrren Long, 30, has been given a 10 month suspended sentence for a year, for the attack.

Ipswich Crown Court heard the assault happened a month before Robert’s mother Mary, was murdered and that he missed her funeral as he was being held in custody.

Roberts, of St George Road, Stowlangtoft and Long of Petch Close, Bury, had gone to Michael Burlingham’s flat, also in Petch Close,

Prosecutor Loriu Tucker, said Roberts wanted information about a man, known only as Patrick, who has assaulted Mary on Feburary 17

Mr Burlingham said he did not know Patrick’s address and was then assaulted on his doorstep.

Ms Tucker said Roberts dragged his down the stairs scratched his eyes and attempted to bite him.

Long struck Mr Burlingham with a spanner causing a cut near his ear and marks to his back, Ms Tucker said..

In interview Roberts decined to answer questions while Long claimed that he had been trying to break up a fight.

Both men admitted assault causing actual bodily harm at an earlier court hearing.

Jacob Edwards representing Roberts said there was no suggestion that the man who had assaulted Mary Roberts on February 17, was responsible for her subsequent murder on March 27.

He added that Roberts had been in custody and was denied the opportunity to attend his mother’s funeral.

“He has had a significant penalty already because of these circumstances,” Mr Edwards said.

“This began as an argument arising from the previous incident and spiralled out of control.

It wasn’t pre planned.”

He also said Roberts, a father of five, had a ‘very bad record’ with 32 convictions for 122 offences, and Roberts is currently serving in prison for another unconnected offence.

Mr Edwards added Roberts had accepted he needs to address his heavy alcohol intake.

Hugh Vass, representing Long said the spanner had been carried for protection and not to use in the attack.

“This wasn’t his argument. He got caught up in it,” said Mr Vass, adding the attack was not premeditated.

But Ms Recorder Patricia Lynch QC sentencing the two men Today (15) said: “This was a very unpleasant assault. You were looking for trouble.”