Cleared murder suspect tells of ordeal

HAUNTED for more than a decade by the stigma of being accused of murder, Suffolk man Shaun Ellis today urged anyone with information about the case to come forward.

HAUNTED for more than a decade by the stigma of being accused of murder, Suffolk man Shaun Ellis today urged anyone with information about the case to come forward.

A murderer cut the throat of glue sniffer Perry Wenham, and stabbed him 11 times, but Mr Ellis today maintains the evil crime was not his doing.

Perry's body was discovered in St Lawrence's churchyard on January 24, 1992, but as the Star reported, Mr Ellis, now 36, and co-defendent Andrew Suttle, then 23, of Wilberforce Street, were acquitted by a jury later that same year.

Yet despite being cleared in court, Mr Ellis knows his name will forever be associated with the murder.

His association with the case will perhaps only draw to a close if the culprit is found and convicted.

Mr Ellis, who now lives in Undercliffe Road, Felixstowe, said today: "This murder happened 11 years ago and I'm still being wrongly associated with it.

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"I wish more had been done by the police at the time, but I think they had us as suspects and didn't look into things any further. I do think there's a limit to what the police can do now, so long after the event."

But he added: "Even now, if there is anyone who has information about the person who did this, I would urge them to come forward. It would help clear the stigma away from myself."

He said Mr Suttle has now died, so can't speak up to clear their names.

He has admitted he saw 30-year-old Perry from Birkfield Drive, earlier that day, but has always maintained his innocence.

In December 1992, Norwich Crown Court heard the murder date was Mr Ellis' 25th birthday and he had drunk about 20 pints during the day.

Both Mr Ellis and Mr Suttle were seen by witness Philip Quantrill, walking with their arms round Perry and there seemed to be no ill feeling.

Mr Quantrill said Perry had seemed very intoxicated and been supported by the other two.

But the trial was stopped and both men were acquitted, after the judge described the prosecution evidence as 'deplorably weak.'

Mr Ellis, who maintains he was a friend of Perry, was furious and claimed he had been the victim of a wrongful arrest.

Anyone with any information about this murder is asked to contact Suffolk Police immediately on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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