Neil Charles, who had multiple convictions for theft and burglary, had attempted car door and house handles in Bury St Edmunds on the night he was fatally stabbed by David King and his son Edward King
A father and son who pursued a thief and stabbed him with a sword in a brutal vigilante murder have been jailed.
Neil Charles, who had multiple convictions for theft and burglary, had attempted car and house handles in Bury St Edmunds the night he died in the accident stabbed by David King, 55, and his 19-year-old son Edward King.
Police received a 999 call from David King around 3.55am on June 20 last year, saying a man had attempted to steal from his car on the Moreton Hall estate.
King told the caller that he tried to apprehend the man who ran away and admitted to having a knife in his hand, and the man claimed he was injured by it before running away.
Police found King away from his address and where the stabbing took place.
Other officers found the victim, 47, where it was determined that she had a serious stab wound to her chest.
David King was first arrested at the scene on the morning in question, followed later that day by his son Edward.
A post-mortem revealed that Mr Charles died from a single 12cm stab wound to the chest.
Police said that on the night in question, David and Edward King were warned by their own CCTV that a thief appeared to be active in the area.
They armed themselves with guns and went out to take the law into their own hands, the force said, adding none of them had tried to contact the police to come and investigate.
David King had a double-edged knife resembling a dagger, while his son Edward carried a 27-inch ninja sword.
The knife was used to inflict the fatal wound and the sword inflicted a horizontal wound above Mr Charles’ left knee, police said.
The sword was also used to stab the tire of Mr. Charles’ impeller, which he had left at the scene.
Mr Charles was some distance from the King’s property and was about to move away when they caught up to him and the fatal blow was delivered, Suffolk Police said.
Police said analysis of both men’s texting histories revealed they had a fascination with guns and, following previous thefts in the area, a clear intention and desire to deal with suspected criminals themselves.
At the trial, both men denied killing Mr Charles on purpose, with David King maintaining his version of events that he had disturbed Mr Charles trying to break into his car and that Mr Charles had walked on his knife.
However, prosecutors said the father and son went out together to hunt down and attack Mr Charles in an act of vigilante justice.
David and Edward King were unanimously found guilty of murder on Monday.
They have been remanded in custody to be sentenced on a date to be determined.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/father-son-chased-thief-before-27105470 Father and son hunted down the thief before stabbing him with a sword in a vigilante murder