Sudbury murder case man appeals

A MURDERER from Sudbury who was sentenced to life in prison for beating a musician to death is appealing his conviction.

Neil Broomfield, 33, formerly of Ballingdon Street, was found guilty of murder at Ipswich Crown Court in February last year following a trial into the death of Patrick Baker at his flat in Blackfriars in April 2009.

His co-accused, Simon Barnes, 32, formerly of Raydon Way, Great Cornard, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to nine years.

A spokesman for the Royal Courts of Justice in London said: “An appeal has been lodged by Neil Broomfield against his conviction. No date has been set for the hearing yet.”

During the three-week trial, the court heard how the body of Mr Baker was found in a pool of blood on the floor of his bedroom after police broke in.

The court heard that Barnes and Broomsfield had spent the previous evening drinking at pubs in Sudbury and during the early hours of April 10 had gone to Mr Baker’s flat and subjected to him to a severe beating.