Man in court on murder charge

A MAN will appear in court today charged with murder after a young man was stabbed to death on Christmas Eve at a house in the centre of a Suffolk town.

A MAN will appear in court today charged with murder after a young man was stabbed to death on Christmas Eve at a house in the centre of a Suffolk town.

Prince Kofi Koomson, 22, died in the early hours of Sunday morning after he was stabbed in the chest seven times at a property in St John's Place, Bury St Edmunds.

Police yesterday charged Kwabena Asumadu, 28, also of St John's Place, with murder following the incident. The accused will appear at Sudbury Magistrates Court today .

A 22-year-old man, who was also arrested in connection with the incident, was last night released on police bail pending further inquiries and ordered to report back to Bury St Edmunds Police Station tomorrow.


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The developments come after police were given a further 36 hours to question the two men following the incident.

Mr Kofi Koomson, who is believed to have been born in Ghana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “When we arrived he was in cardiac arrest as a result of his wounds. He had seven stab wounds.”

Police said they arrested one man at the scene and a second shortly after nearby. Detectives and scenes of crime officers sealed off the area and carried out extensive searches in their hunt for evidence.

Officers cordoned off an area around St John's Street as residents struggled to come to terms with the tragic events on their doorstep.

Ethel Walton, of Bloomfield Road, just opposite St John's Place, said: “It frightens me, I live right near here, I walk up and down that road. I never heard anything. It's awful especially at Christmas time.

“I know people who live on that road to say hello to - I was worried after hearing of the Ipswich deaths. “As someone who lives alone it's frightening.”

Police officers searched the grounds and bins of the Society of Friends (Quakers), the St Johns Centre, and The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist for clues.

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