Suffolk teenagers admit part in murder
TWO Suffolk teenagers have admitted their involvement in the killing of a 68-year-old Lowestoft pensioner.A 17-year-old youth who cannot be named because of his age, has admitted murdering Geoffrey Ponder who was attacked at his home in Morton Road, Lowestoft on July 2, last year.
TWO Suffolk teenagers have admitted their involvement in the killing of a 68-year-old Lowestoft pensioner.
A 17-year-old youth who cannot be named because of his age, has admitted murdering Geoffrey Ponder who was attacked at his home in Morton Road, Lowestoft on July 2, last year.
Another man19-year-old Kieran Middleton, of Quakers Way, Leiston has admitted Mr Ponder's manslaughter.
The two youths have also admitted conspiring to burgle Mr Ponder's home and conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The 17-year-old has also admitted robbing Mr Ponder.
Also before Ipswich Crown Court are Stuart Burrows, 18 of Beaumont Cottages, Kelsale, Gemma Burrows, 17, of Seaward Avenue, Leiston and Joseph Jordan, 19, of Church Hall, Walpole.
All three defendants have admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by lying about Middleton's whereabouts in relation to the police investigation into the attack on Mr Ponder. All three have also admitted doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice by making false witness statements to the police.
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Judge John Devaux adjourned the case until the beginning of March for sentence while reports are prepared on the defendants.
Mr Ponder, who lived alone, suffered serious head injuries after being attacked on Saturday, July 2 at his end-of-terrace home.
He was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston before being transferred to Adenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where he died from his injuries on July 8.