Lowestoft murder pair sentenced to life in prison

Hayley MaceTwo young men who murdered a terminally-ill Lowestoft man have today been sentenced at court.James Killingback, 23, and Aaron Breffitt, 17, were found guilty of murdering Lowestoft father-of-three John Vry after a trial last year.Hayley Mace

Two young men who murdered a terminally-ill Lowestoft man have today been sentenced at court.

James Killingback, 23, and Aaron Breffitt, 17, were found guilty of murdering Lowestoft father-of-three John Vry after a trial last year.

Today Killingback, of Denmark Road in Lowestoft, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years, and Breffitt, who is of no fixed address, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 12 years.

During a trial at Ipswich Crown Court last year, a jury heard that the pair confronted Mr Vry shortly after he left his home in London Road South on December 3 2008.


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He was then dragged into an alleyway and held down while being kicked and punched. Mr Vry, 55, died of his injuries in hospital the following day.

Mr Vry, a former electrician, had been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in summer 2008 and had been given a life expectancy of between three and six months. At the time of his death, he was preparing to spend his final Christmas with his wife Valerie and their three children.

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Killingback and Breffitt had denied murdering Mr Vry but were found guilty on October 27 after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

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