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Police speak of 'despicable' breach of trust that saw pensioner murdered

Susan Warne was given at least 20 years in jail. Credit: Suffolk Police.

Police have spoken about how a niece abused her position of familial trust to murder her uncle.

Susan Warne killed 80-year-old John Proctor at his home in Leiston in June.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that she had a gambling addiction and wanted to steal money from Mr Proctor. She then pushed him down the stairs and strangled him. Warne was told she must serve a minimum of twenty years.

Dt Insp Kevin Hayward of Suffolk Police said Warne took advantage of the trust that was placed in her.

Life in prison for gambling addict who used position of trust to murder 80-year-old uncle

Susan Warne will serve at least 20 years behind bars. Credit: Suffolk Police.

A gambling addict who strangled her uncle to death will serve at least 20 years in prison.

Susan Warne, of Valley Road, Leiston, pleaded guilty to the murder of 80-year-old John Proctor at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court last month.

She was today sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.

The family of Mr Proctor said his death was "a tragic result of what a gambling addiction can do to a person and the devastation it causes the people around them".

"The last five months has been a very traumatic time for us all. Finding out that a member of your family has been murdered is something you never think you will have to cope with in your lifetime - but then finding out it is a close member of your own family that is responsible is an unbearable situation to deal with."

– Family of John Proctor.
John Proctor was murdered in his home in Leiston.

Mr Proctor's body was found at his home in Grimsey Road, Leiston, on June 15 this year. A post-mortem examination found he had died as a result of compression to the neck.

Warne was quickly identified as a suspect and was charged three days later.

Today, Ipswich Crown Court heard she had a severe gambling habit and had become addicted to online bingo.

Police said the 41-year-old had killed her uncle so she could steal money from him.

She had gone to his home on June 13 and strangled him after pushing him down the stairs. As he lay helpless and unable to defend himself, she stabbed him in the neck with a knife.

Det Insp Kevin Hayward, senior investigating officer for Suffolk Police, described the killing as a "despicable and cowardly crime".

"Susan Warne should have been someone her uncle could trust to come into his home and look after him at his stage of life, however she used this position of trust to ruthlessly kill him so she could steal money to feed her gambling habit."

– Det Insp Kevin Hayward, Suffolk Police.

Mr Proctor was described as a "fit and active" man who still worked part-time at a holiday park maintaining the grounds.

"John was a well-known character, who could always make you laugh with his unique sense of humour. He was also a very loving and kind uncle who was always there for us. "We find it very sad that Susan was unable to talk to us about her gambling addiction or seek help. We believe gambling is a taboo subject and needs more awareness and help for those whose gambling may be effecting their lives.”

– Family of John Proctor.

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Niece admits murder of her uncle, 80, in Suffolk

John Proctor was murdered by his niece in June this year.

A 41-year-old woman from Suffolk has admitted murdering her elderly uncle.

John Proctor, who was 80, was found strangled at his home at Grimsey Road in Leiston in June this year.

Susan Warne, of Valley Road, Leiston, pleaded guilty to the killing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

She will be sentenced at a later date.

Susan Warne, who admitted murdering her uncle. Credit: Suffolk Police.

Police given more time to question suspect over Leiston murder

Police investigating the murder of an 80-year-old man in Grimsey Road in Leiston, Suffolk have been given more time to question a woman about his death.

John Proctor was found dead at a house on Monday. Detectives now have until Friday evening to question a 41 year old woman who was arrested on suspicion of his murder.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was compression of the neck.

Detectives made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates' Court, where they were granted an additional 26 hours to question the suspect, which will expire at 5.20pm Friday 19th June.

Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who may have information in relation to this crime to contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference LE/15/614.

Suffolk: Woman arrested over double Leiston stabbing

A woman has now been arrested over the stabbing. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman in her 20s has been arrested over a double stabbing in Leiston on Friday night (April 17).

A man was stabbed in his upper body in Farrow Close, while a teenager also received similar injuries at the nearby Harling Way playing field.

Both people were taken to hospital, but their injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

Now, a 27-year-old woman from Leiston has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit GBH.

She has since been released on bail.

Police are still carrying out high visibility patrols in the area.

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Suffolk Police: "Leiston stab victims may have known their attackers"

A man and a teenager were stabbed in Leiston last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing of a man and a teenager in Leiston last night say that the victims may have known the people that attacked them.

Officers were sent to Farrow Close last night after they were told that a 26-year-old man had been stabbed in the upper body.

At around the same time, they were called to a 16-year-old boy with similar injuries at the nearby Harling Way playing field.

The victims were both taken to hospital, but their injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

Police say that they will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the local area across the weekend.

"Officers are working to establish the details of these attacks which left two people with stab wounds.

It is thought that the offenders may be known to the victims and we would urge anyone with any information on what happened to contact us.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, Suffolk Police

Suffolk: Man and teenager stabbed in Leiston in "connected incidents"

The teenage boy was stabbed in a playing field. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man and a teenager have been stabbed in the Suffolk town of Leiston in what police believe were connected incidents.

Officers were sent to Farrow Close last night (April 17) after they were told that a 26-year-old man had been stabbed in his upper body.

They were then simultaneously made aware that a 16-year-old boy had received similar injuries at the nearby Harling Way playing field.

Both victims were taken to hospital.

The Police Helicopter was deployed to search the area, but so far no one has been arrested.

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