Father and son in court charged with murder of man

Mathew Rodwell

Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of Matthew Rodwell (pictured). - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

A father and son have appeared in court accused of murder following the death of a man in Downham Market.

Wayne Peckham, 47, is charged with murder and his son, Riley Peckham, 22, with murder, escape from lawful custody and assaulting an emergency worker.

Police were called to a property in Bulrush Avenue, in the town, at around 8pm on Sunday, January 23, following reports of a disturbance inside the house.

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigatio

Police at a property in Bulrush Avenue, Downham Market, following the murder of Matthew Rodwell. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Officers arrived at the address to find Matthew Rodwell, 39, from Fincham, near Downham, with serious injuries and despite efforts of the police and paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police at a property on Bulrush Avenue in Downham Market for the second day of a murder investigatio

Police at a property in Bulrush Avenue, Downham Market, following the murder of Matthew Rodwell. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Both Wayne Peckham and Riley Peckham, of Manby Close, Hilgay, near Downham, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Wednesday when they spoke only to confirm their details in the short hearing.

The case was formally sent to Norwich Crown Court by Gillian Philpot, chair of the bench of magistrates, on Thursday (January 27).

The two defendants, who wore dark tops and had facial hair, were represented in court by Michael Cole.

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Qamar Iqbal appeared for the prosecution.

A Home Office post mortem examination was carried out this week although a preliminary cause of death was not given and is "pending further investigation".

Wayne Peckham was arrested at the scene while Riley Peckham was arrested at a house in Paradise Place, also in the town.

In a statement released by police, Mr Rodwell’s parents said: "We’re devastated at the loss of our son.

"Words cannot describe how we’re all feeling and all we ask is you respect our privacy at this very difficult time."

The 39-year-old worked as a refuse loader for Serco, working in its King's Lynn and West Norfolk team.

Jerry Barnes, operations manager, said: “Matthew Rodwell (Matt), worked at our King's Lynn depot from 2007, having joined the team as a refuse loader.

"In later years he achieved his HGV driver qualification, of which he was immensely proud. 

"He will be very sadly missed by all of his colleagues who are devastated by the news.  

"Matt was a very popular member of the team, his friendly nature meant he got on with everybody.

"He had a great sense of humour, liked to have a laugh and over the years made many good friends in and out of work.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to Matthew’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: "We were shocked to hear of his death. Our thoughts at this time are with his family, friends and colleagues."

Tributes have also been paid on social media following news of Mr Rodwell's death.

Paying respect on Norfolk Constabulary's Facebook page, Sarah Lois Hudson said: "Thoughts with the family for their tragic loss. RIP."

On the King's Lynn Police Facebook page, Leigh Adam Dougherty said: "R.I.P to this amazing guy, heart of gold. Can't believe you're gone bud, thinking of your family and wishing them all the best for the future."

Jo Muxlow said: "Absolutely heart-breaking, RIP Matt I'm so sad for your family."

Hollie Skipper said: "Rest in peace Matt. You will be deeply missed by all of your friends and family."