family of Joseph Pearce praise police after conviction
family of a man who was killed in Burnham-On-Sea have this week
praised the 'thorough Police investigation' into his death which
has resulted in the killer being jailed for eight years and nine
Pearce, right, died at a property in Burnham's Churchill
Close last summer after an altercation involving Dominic Lacey.
year-old Lacey, of no fixed address, admitted the manslaughter of
Pearce, who Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported here was found dead on July 10th.
examination found the 40-year-old died from a knife wound to his
a statement, Joes family said: "We would like to thank
the police and the CPS for their thorough investigation and also
the Homicide Service and our family liaison officers for the support
they have provided us over the past seven months."
untimely death has left his whole family devastated. He was a much
loved son, father, brother, nephew and friend to so many people.
No matter what the sentence is, it will never bring Joe back."
Lacey, pictured below, admitted manslaughter during a previous hearing
at Exeter Crown Court prior to being sentenced at the same court
Chief Inspector James Riccio said: "Firstly, our thoughts remain
with Joes family and friends. It is hard to comprehend the
loss they have endured."
the day of the incident a disagreement broke out between Joe and
Dominic Lacey and during the ensuing fracas, Joe was stabbed once
in the chest and tragically died at the scene."
decision to use a knife during this incident resulted in catastrophic
consequences and he will have to suffer the consequences of his