Father and son guilty of killing suspected thief while ‘opening car doors’ in housing development

David King, 55, and his son Edward, 19, have been found guilty of murder after Neil Charles, 47, was found with stab wounds on their housing estate last year

Neil Charles was found dead with fatal stab wounds to his chest
Neil Charles was found dead with fatal stab wounds to his chest

A father and son face life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering a suspected thief who was killed in a vigilante attack.

David King, 55, and Edward King, 19, armed themselves with knives and were chasing Neil Charles, 47, when they saw him trying to open cars and doors in their housing estate.

The pair chased him down the street, where David King used a double-edged combat knife to inflict a fatal 5 inch stab wound in Charles’ chest.

His son cut his knee with a 27-inch ninja sword, which was also used to stab the tire on Charles’ balance bike that he had left at the scene.

Charles, who had multiple convictions for theft and burglary, died in hospital from his injuries in June last year.

David King faces life behind bars with his son for murder


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Edward and his father pleaded not guilty in court


Suffolk Police / SWNS)

At trial, both men denied intentionally killing Charles.

David King called 999 around 4am on Sunday June 20 and claimed a man had attempted to steal from his car on the Moreton Hall estate.

He told the caller he was trying to apprehend the man who ran away and admitted holding a knife.

Upon arrival, officers located King and the spot where the stabbings took place.

Neil Charles is said to have tried out door handles on cars and houses on the night of his death


East Anglia Intelligence Service)

Other officers located the victim, who was found to have a serious stab wound to the chest, and was taken to Addenbrooke Hospital.

Prosecutors argued the two men actively went out to hunt down and attack Charles in an act of vigilante justice.

Police analysis of both men’s text message histories revealed that they had a fascination with guns.

It was also revealed that they had “intent and desire” to deal with suspected criminals themselves, following previous thefts in the area.

Both denied murder but were found unanimously guilty by the jury after a 10-week trial on Monday at Ipswich Crown Court.

They were taken into custody to be sentenced at a later date. Father and son guilty of killing suspected thief while 'opening car doors' in housing development

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