A man has been sentenced to life in prison following the brutal murder of a vulnerable pensioner and a burglary at a jewellery store in Bury St Edmunds.

Pytor Melanuik (also known as Ireneusz Melanuik) was told at Ipswich Crown Court that he will serve at least 26 years behind bars.

He also received a sentence of four years and eight months for burglary, to run concurrently, after earlier pleading guilty to the murder of 66-year-old Peter Avis and domestic burglary.

Suffolk Police were called by a member of the public at around 9.10 am on Friday January 13 2012 to a property in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds following concerns for the occupant at the address.

Once the property was entered the body of Peter Avis was found in a first floor flat and it was discovered that the flat and jewellery store below – ‘Collis & Son’ – had been burgled.

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