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Man jailed for murder of James Greene in Norwich

A 27-year-old man has been jailed for murder after being found guilty earlier this week.

Peter Bruton, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 16 years in prison at Norwich Crown Court today, 29th November.

Bruton had been staying at 39-year-old Mr Greene's flat in Dolphin Grove when he killed him in the evening of 4th June 2019.

Police were called just before 10pm after reports of a disturbance at the property where they found James unresponsive, he was taken to hospital where he later died on 6th June of multiple organ failure as a result of asphyxiation.

The court heard during the trial how James Greene has fabricated a story to extort £10 from Bruton, witness evidence described how this plan turned into a heated argument.

During the argument, Mr Greene sustained what would be fatal injuries.

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James Greene and his sister Faye (image released by Greene family).

Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Neil Stewart said: "Today’s sentence reflects the mindless and brutal ferocity in which Peter Bruton inflicted fatal injuries on James Greene.

"Throughout this trial not only have James’ family had to withstand hearing first-hand accounts from neighbours, recalling the chilling details of their loved one’s last moments.

"But they have also to endure Bruton’s numerous attempts to frustrate and disrupt the criminal process which started at his first hearing back in June and has continued throughout this trial with his repeated refusals to come to court. 

"Our thoughts are with them today in the hope that they can rebuild their lives following the conclusion of this trial and that they will take some solace from the fact that Bruton will not be eligible for parole for many years."

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