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Ipswich/Norwich: 61-year-old serving life sentence for machete attack died of natural causes

11:23 22 January 2014

Trevor Lilley, who was convicted of attempted murder

Trevor Lilley, who was convicted of attempted murder

A prisoner serving a life sentence for a machete attack on a man in an Ipswich pub died from natural causes, an inquest heard.

Trevor Lilley, formerly of Bader Close, Ipswich, was transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital from Norwich prison on October 25, 2012 and died on October 30.

Yesterday’s inquest in Norwich heard Lilley was convicted of attempted murder in December 2008.

In October 2012 tests indicated he had liver cancer, and he was transferred from Wayland prison to the older prisoners’ unit at Norwich.

The cause of death was given as pulmonary oedema due to pericardial effusion, with cirrhosis of the liver caused by hepatitis C a contributory factor.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake concluded that Mr Lilley died from natural causes.

The 61-year-old was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court in December 2008 following an attack with a 14-inch machete on a long-term acquaintance in a bar brawl at The Grinning Rat in St Helen’s Street, six months earlier.

His victim, David Nicholls, was left with serious head wounds and almost had one of his thumbs cut off during the assault.

Lilley told the court he could not remember the assault after drinking 20 pints of lager that day.

He admitted wounding with intent, but denied attempted murder.

At his sentencing, following conviction after trial, Lilley was told he would become eligible for parole after four-and-a-half years minus the 170 days he had spent in custody.

Judge John Devaux said: “In my opinion, there is a significant risk to the public of death or serious personal injury by you committing further offences.

“It appears you are more likely to behave in this way by drinking and you have done nothing to curb your excessive drinking.”

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