Dwyer guilty of manslaughter, not murder

DRUG addict Paul Dwyer was preparing for freedom today after being cleared of murder after a re-trial at Ipswich Crown Court.Dwyer, 38, of no fixed address, had been convicted of the 2001 killing of fellow drug user Peter Brown, 19, in 2002.

DRUG addict Paul Dwyer was preparing for freedom today after being cleared of murder after a re-trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Dwyer, 38, of no fixed address, had been convicted of the 2001 killing of fellow drug user Peter Brown, 19, in 2002.

However his conviction was overturned on appeal earlier this year because of concerns about the evidence from Home Office pathologist Doctor Michael Heath.

Today Dwyer was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment, but because of the time he has already served he is now eligible for release.

Mr Brown had been found with 18 stab wounds on October 25, 2001 in a flat in Parkwood, Henley Road in Ipswich.

During his re-trial Dwyer had told the court that he could not remember anything about the incident because he had been high on drugs and had been suicidal at the time.

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He was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds that he was not aware of his actions.

It was not clear today when Dwyer would be released, but it was expected to be very soon.

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