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Monday, 29 October, 2001, 18:49 GMT
Life for barmaid killers
Wig, gavel and court graphic
A robber who killed a barmaid by repeatedly stamping on her head during an armed raid on a pub has been jailed for life.

Damien Duberry, 21, was given two life sentences after being convicted of the murder of Janet Fleming, 38, and of robbery.

His accomplice, Leon Sobers, 23, was also convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to two life sentences following a two-week trial.

Ms Fleming died during a raid on Harley's Pub in Ipswich in December 2000.

Such violence needs no words of description or condemnation from the court. Your acts speak for themselves.

Mr Justice Moses

Landlord Andrew Hull suffered head injuries after being pistol-whipped during the robbery.

Duberry and Sobers, both of Ipswich, escaped with 2,845 then bought crack cocaine with the stolen money.

Sobers had not taken part in the attack on Ms Fleming, but the jury decided he shared responsibility for her death.

Policewoman attacked

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Moses told Duberry: "You stamped upon her five times and then jumped upon her head, killing her.

"Such violence needs no words of description or condemnation from the court. Your acts speak for themselves."

Both men, who were armed with a knife and pistol, had lengthy criminal records for dishonesty and violence and police said they were believed to be regular drug users.

Sobers, who had previously viciously attacked a policewoman, was jailed for three years for burglary in April 2001.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Beach, who led the investigation, said: "It was a particularly violent attack and totally unnecessary.

"There was simply no need to use such violence. Many, many people were shocked and disgusted by what happened."

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