Norwich £10 drug debt murderer loses appeal against sentence

Peter Bruton. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary

Peter Bruton. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

A man who was jailed for murdering his former friend in a Norwich flat following a row over a fabricated £10 drugs debt has had his appeal against sentence dismissed.

Peter Bruton was jailed for a total of 16 years after he was found guilty of killing James Greene, 39, who was attacked at his flat in Dolphin Grove, Norwich.

James Greene. Photo: Norfolk police

James Greene. Photo: Norfolk police - Credit: Archant

Bruton, of no fixed address, had been staying at Mr Greene's flat when he attacked him on June 4 2019 following an argument which broke out after the victim made up a story to extort £10 from Bruton for drugs.

The flat at Dolphin Grove where James Greene was fatally injured. Photo: Luke Powell

The flat at Dolphin Grove where James Greene was fatally injured. Photo: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant

Police were called to the address just before 10pm after reports of a disturbance at the flat and they found Mr Greene unresponsive.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where he died on June 6 of multiple organ failure as a result of asphyxiation.

Peter Bruton. PIC: Facebook.

Peter Bruton. PIC: Facebook. - Credit: Archant

Bruton, who was 27 when he was jailed in November 2019, yawned as he was convicted and did not show up to court for his sentencing hearing, during which Judge Stephen Holt described it as a "thoroughly callous and cruel" murder.

James Greene with his sister Faye. His family have issued a statement following the conviction of Pe

James Greene with his sister Faye. His family have issued a statement following the conviction of Peter Brunton who was found guilty of murder/manslaughter. Picture: supplied by the Greene family/Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: supplied by the Greene family/Norfolk Constabulary

Bruton had launched an appeal against his sentence which was heard at the Court of Appeal in London last week.

A spokesman at the Court of Appeal said Mrs Justice Cutts "dismissed" Bruton's appeal against sentence.

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The spokesman added Bruton's appeal against conviction did not reach the full court.

Bruton had denied murder but was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum term of 15 years and 191 days in prison after he was found guilty following the trial.

Following the sentencing hearing Bruton's mother Marilyn went up to Mr Greene's sister Faye and gave her an emotional embrace before saying "sorry".

In a victim impact statement read out in court during the sentencing hearing Faye described the shock and pain the family felt over the death of her brother.

She said: "We have to endure heartbreak day after day, week after week."

She added it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to her baby brother and it had left her dad broken.

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