28-year-old man says he did not intend to kill the jeweller.

By Craig Heatly

A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Bury-st-Edmunds jeweller Peter Avis, who was found dead in the flat above his shop in January of this year.

Pyotr Melaniuk, who also used the name Ireneusz Melaniuk, pleaded guilty to the charges of murder and burglary at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.


Avis was 66 years old. He was found dead in the flat above his shop, Collis and Son, with multiple stab wounds.

Melaniuk was extradited from Poland in order to face the charges in the UK after he was held there for an unconnected crime. The 28-year-old, who was carrying a knife at the time of breaking into the property, claimed that he had not gone to the flat with the intention of killing the jeweller and that he was unaware that anyone was in the building.

Melaniuk will be sentenced at a later date, and has been remanded in custody. A further four suspects are due to stand trial in the case on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.