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Four accused of murdering Ipswich man face October trial

PUBLISHED: 13:30 31 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:00 31 July 2020

Joe Pooley's body was discovered in the River Gipping, near London Road, Ipswich, two years ago  Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Joe Pooley's body was discovered in the River Gipping, near London Road, Ipswich, two years ago Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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Four people will go on trial later this year accused of murdering an Ipswich man whose body was found in a river in 2018.

Joe Pooley, from Ipswich, who was found in the River Gipping   Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARYJoe Pooley, from Ipswich, who was found in the River Gipping Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Joe Pooley, 22, from Ipswich, was found dead in the River Gipping at about 10.30am on Monday, August 13.

A postmortem examination found the likely cause of death as immersion in water.

Two men and two women have previously denied murdering Mr Pooley on or before August 7, 2018.

A trial was due to begin on April 20 but was postponed due to the impact of Covid-19 on court proceedings.

Sean Palmer, 30, of South Market Road, Great Yarmouth, Sebastian Smith, 34, of no fixed address, Becki West-Davidson, 30, of Rope Walk, Ipswich, and Lisa-Marie Smith, 25, of Hawick, Roxburghshire, all appeared via prison video link for a further case management hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday.

A four to six-week trial has been listed to begin on October 12.


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