A MAN has been convicted of killing a “much-loved father” with a crossbow in a Westcliff pub, two days before Christmas.
Dave Peck, 51, died after being shot with a crossbow inside the Lamb and Lion pub, in Station Road, Westcliff at around 6.40pm on December 23.
Officers carried out a search of the area shortly after and arrested 44-year-old Alfred Turner, who was later charged with Mr Peck’s murder.
Turner, of Station Road, Westcliff, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on June 30, where he admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
Detective Chief Inspector Louise Metcalfe, who led the investigation, said: “My thoughts today, and those of my team, are with Dave Peck’s family.
“Dave was a much-loved partner, father, son, and brother and I know he is dearly missed by his friends and family.
“My team and I have worked hard to provide them with answers about what happened to him and now Alfred Turner has been held accountable for his actions.”
Turner had been charged with five counts including murder, manslaughter, possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of possessing an article with blade or point in a public place.
In court he admitted manslaughter and possessing a bladed article, and is due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Friday 22 September.
A statement from Mr Peck’s family read: “Our hearts are broken.
“Dave is and always will be a much-loved partner, father, son and brother.
“He has been taken from his family and friends far too soon.”
Picture from Essex Police: Dave Peck was killed with a crossbow.
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