Heroin addict starts life sentence
IPSWICH heroin addict Paul Dwyer is today starting a life sentence for murdering a teenage drug dealer in a frenzied knife attack.A jury of seven women and five men found the 31-year-old guilty of murder after deliberating for nearly three hours at Norwich Crown Court.
IPSWICH heroin addict Paul Dwyer is today starting a life sentence for murdering a teenage drug dealer in a frenzied knife attack.
A jury of seven women and five men found the 31-year-old guilty of murder after deliberating for nearly three hours at Norwich Crown Court.
Dwyer, of no fixed abode, killed Brown, 19, in a flat in Parkwood in Henley Road, Ipswich, on October 25 last year after they argued over a drug deal.
The court heard Brown suffered 18 stab wounds, including the most serious wound, a severed jugular vein.
During the six day long trial that the blood splattered flat had resembled something out of Jack Nicholson's horror movie "The Shinning."
Sentencing the former Big Issue seller to life imprisonment, Judge David Mellor said he would consider that Dwyer serves the minimum number of years when he makes recommendations to the Lord Chief Justice. But he added Dwyer would remain on licence for the rest of his life.
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Dwyer stood expressionless in the dock when the foreman of the jury returned their guilty verdict.
Murder carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
A forfeiture and destruction order was put on a number of exhibits including drugs, drug paraphernalia and assorted weaponry recovered from Dwyer's address.
It was ordered that money totalling £636 found on Dwyer would go towards funeral costs incurred by Peter Brown's family who were not in court to hear the verdict.
Mr Brown's father, Noel, who was in Norwich Crown Court throughout the proceedings was in hospital on the day of the verdict.
Earlier David Cocks, QC, defending, told the court Dwyer had no record of violence and the offence had erupted on the spur of the moment.
The victim lived in a quiet suburb of Hackney with his father, a church deacon and his 20-year-old brother.
In November last year speaking of the shock of his son's death Mr Brown's father, a deacon with the Clapton Seventh Day Adventist Church in Homerton said he had no idea why his son was in Ipswich.
Mr Brown, 66, said his family became worried about Peter when he failed to come home.
The teenager was unemployed at the time of his death but trained in college as an electrician.