Ipswich man in court on murder charge

A 26-year-old former Ipswich man accused of a late-night murder is due to enter his plea at the town's crown court next month.

IPSWICH: A 26-year-old former Ipswich man accused of a late-night murder is due to enter his plea at the town's crown court next month.

Andrew Rowlands, formerly of Station Street, appeared before the same court yesterday for a short hearing into his case.

The 26-year-old, now of The Croft, Sudbury, is charged with the murder of Lewis Watson, of Rubens Road, Sudbury.

The 23-year-old died after an alleged incident in the town's Cavendish Way, which is said to have occurred at around 12.15am on September 26.

Mr Watson, whose family were in court to watch yesterday's proceedings, died at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds an hour later.

Rowlands, who lived in Ipswich's Station Street until around two years ago, listened to proceedings at yesterday's 15-minute hearing.

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Rowlands is now scheduled to re-appear before the court to enter his plea to the murder charge on January 8.

A provisional date of June 29 was set for his trial. Rowlands, who wore a grey sweatshirt and grey jogging bottoms, was remanded in custody until next month.

No application was made for bail was made on his behalf.

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