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Daniel Saunders death: Boy jailed for Ipswich alley stab murder

Kieran Hayward Image copyright Suffolk Police
Image caption Kieran Hayward was sentenced to life with a minimum of 19 years

A teenage drug dealer has been jailed for murdering a man in an alleyway.

Daniel Saunders, 32, died on 16 December in Ipswich after suffering a single stab wound to the abdomen.

Kieran Hayward, 17, had denied murder but was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court. Five others were found guilty of helping to hide him.

Four were sentenced alongside Hayward, who was given life with a minimum of 19 years. A 16-year-old boy will be sentenced at a later date.

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Image caption Daniel Saunders followed Hayward into an alley

Judge Martyn Levett lifted restrictions that had previously prohibited naming Hayward, from Bury St Edmunds, and co-defendant 17-year-old Kieran Elliott.

Prosecutor Simon Spence said Hayward was selling drugs in the Wherstead Road area of Ipswich when Mr Saunders, who was originally from Surrey and addicted to Class A substances, saw him go into an alleyway and followed him.

The court heard the victim was struck with "severe force" by Hayward with a "very large knife".

Image caption Police sealed off the area after the attack on Turin Street, which is near the Wherstead Road shops

The attack happened the day after Hayward and three others had travelled to Southend to buy two machetes, jurors were told.

Afterwards the other defendants helped him dispose of his clothing and took him to a caravan in St Osyth, near Clacton in Essex, the jury heard.

Jurors unanimously found the 17-year-old guilty of murder. He was also convicted of possession of a knife.

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Image caption From left to right, Arjun Jadeja, Benjamin Gosbell and Kieran Elliott

Det Ch Insp Caroline Millar. from Suffolk Police, said Hayward's sentence reflected the "severity" of the crime, which she described as an "act of extreme violence".

The defendants convicted of assisting an offender are:

  • Arjun Jadeja, 18, of The Nook, Wivenhoe, near Colchester, sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a youth offender's institution
  • Benjamin Gosbell, 21, of Gratian Close, Highwoods, Colchester, jailed for two-and-a-half years
  • Olusola Durojaiye, 33, of Appleton Mews, Colchester, sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years
  • Kieran Elliott, 17, from Colchester, was given an 18 months detention order.

A 16-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced at a later date.

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