Court appearance over murder charge

A SUFFOLK man today appeared before Ipswich Crown Court charged with murder in the county last week.Keiran Botterill, 26, of Soames Close, Stowmarket appeared before judge John Devaux charged with the murder of 21-year-old Zac Hockley-Brown on September 10 in Stowupland.

A SUFFOLK man today appeared before Ipswich Crown Court charged with murder in the county last week.

Keiran Botterill, 26, of Soames Close, Stowmarket appeared before judge John Devaux charged with the murder of 21-year-old Zac Hockley-Brown on September 10 in Stowupland.

During the short appearance at Ipswich Crown Court Botterill only spoke to confirm his name.

The case was adjourned for a further preliminary hearing to be heard on December 7 at which time a trial date should be set.

The likely date for a trial is next March.

Botterill was remanded in custody and there was no application for bail.

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Mr Hockley-Brown died in the vicinity of flats in Trinity Walk, Stowupland, after being found with stab wounds during the early hours of Monday September 10.

Botterill, who was arrested in Stowupland Road, Stowmarket, previously appeared at Sudbury Magistrates' Court last week for a five-minute preliminary hearing during which his case was committed to Ipswich Crown Court.

He is currently remanded in custody.

Mr Hockley-Brown was found dead by paramedics after they were called to an incident in Trinity Walk shortly before 3am.

Following the discovery roads were cordoned off and a mobile incident room was set up.

Stowupland's community was left in shock at the incident with villagers saying they could not remember anything

like the dramatic scenes happening before.

n. Do you want to pay tribute to Mr Hockley-Brown? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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