Screwdriver killer jailed for 22 years

Mark Turner
Mark Turner

A former TA soldier who murdered man with a screwdriver will serve a minimum of 22 years in prison.

Mark Turner was last month found guilty of murdering Robin Lionnet during a row about a pet dog in Ashwell Road, Bury St Edmunds, in February.

On Wednesday, Judge John Devaux told Turner that he would not be eligible to apply for parole for at least 22 years.

“You took a weapon to the scene with the intention of having it available.

“You then used it to commit murder,” Judge Devaux said.

Turner, 49, of Green Lane, Cockfield, had denied murder.

He said it was Mr Lionnet who had the screwdriver and that he had tried to disarm him.

Police arrested Turner outside Mr Lionnet’s home in Ashwell Road.

Beside him on the passenger seat of his van was a screwdriver which the prosecution said had been used to stab Mr Lionnet in the chest.

Mr Lionnet, 42, was found by police officers on a rear patio.

Despite the efforts of police and paramedics, he died shortly afterwards at the West Suffolk Hospital.

A post-mortem examination showed a 6cm deep stab wound had punctured his lung.

Mr Lionnet had also suffered from emphysema and asthma which contributed to his death.

Neighbours told the trial that they had heard someone threatening to kill Mr Lionett.

Giving evidence, Turner said he wanted to reunite pet dog Max with Claire Keeble, Mr Lionnet’s former partner and her two daughters, who had moved in with Turner.

William Carter, in mitigation, said that Turner admitted he intended to cause Mr Lionnet harm but had never planned to kill him.

What took place was ‘sudden and unexpected violence’, Mr Carter said.

He said Turner was ‘full of remorse’ and although he had previous convictions, including one for violence against his brother-in-law, Turner had a good record of 13 years’ service with the Territorial Army.