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Life sentence for woman's killer
Kevin Nunn
Kevin Nunn was jailed for a minimum of 22 years
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of his girlfriend.

The badly-burned body of Dawn Walker, 37, from Fornham St Martin, Suffolk, was found next to the River Lark, near Bury St Edmunds, on 4 February 2005.

Her boyfriend, Kevin Nunn, 45, of Woolpit, Suffolk, had denied murdering Miss Walker.

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court found him guilty after 13 hours of deliberations and the judge ordered him to serve a minimum of 22 years in jail.

Miss Walker's body was discovered naked from the waist down and her body had been set alight with petrol, the court heard.

Prosecutor Graham Parkins QC said Nunn killed his girlfriend in a fit of jealousy after she had told him their relationship was over.

'Appalling crime'

Mr Parkins said Miss Walker had been in a relationship with Nunn for more than two years.

Miss Walker had told friends that Nunn was "jealous" of other men, and after meeting a previous boyfriend, the relationship with Nunn had ended, Mr Parkins said.

Dawn Walker
Dawn Walker had ended her relationship with Nunn

The court heard that neighbours of Miss Walker heard the couple rowing on the evening of 2 February.

Mr Parkins told the jury that Miss Walker failed to turn up for work the next day.

Mr Parkins said: "Dawn Walker was a fit athletic woman who if confronted by a stranger would be able to defend herself.

"There were no signs she did this at all. She certainly knew who her attacker was."

Det Supt Roy Lambert said of Miss Walker: "Her life was tragically cut short by an appalling crime which left her local community deeply shocked."

Judge Mrs Justice Cox told Nunn: "You decided that if you could not have her no-one else would.

"Exactly what you did to Dawn we don't know. I have no doubt you intended to kill her."




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