Man found guilty of Mary Roberts murder

Andrew Ratcliffe has been found guilty of Mary Roberts' murder. Credit: Suffolk Police

A man has today been found guilty of murder following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The trial was in relation to the murder of 50-year-old Mary Roberts who was formerly from Long Melford in Suffolk.

Mary's body was found in a car park in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9am on Wednesday 27 March. Credit: Suffolk Police

Mary's body was found in a car park in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9am on Wednesday 27 March.

That afternoon officers arrested a man, 56 year old, Andrew Ratcliffe from Petch Close in the town on suspicion of Mary Roberts’ murder and he was subsequently charged in May.

Andrew Ratcliffe (circled in red) and Mary Roberts (circled in yellow) outside the St Edmunds Tavern.

The jury heard that Ratcliffe had spent the evening of the 26th March with Mary at the St Edmunds Tavern before going to the smoking area of the car park and applying pressure to her neck.

She then collapsed and died.

Ratcliffe is due to be sentenced tomorrow.