Pendant sparked feud which led to fatal attack on Nick Rogers in Wymondham supermarket
PUBLISHED: 14:01 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:52 21 December 2017
A pendant on a chain was the catalyst for a simmering dispute which turned into violence and resulted in the tragic death of Nick Rogers, it can be revealed.
The violent and ultimately fatal attack on Mr Rogers in front of terrified onlookers in the Morrisons store on July 17 was the culmination of a dispute between Mr Rogers and the Monk family.
Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said: “The dispute had rather festered and had simmered along for about 12 months.”
It was not previously known what had caused the dispute, however we understand there was an ongoing row over a pendant on a chain which had gone missing.
The item of jewellery belonged to a mutual friend of Mr Rogers and Lee Monk but went missing.
Detective Chief Inspector Marie James, from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT) who led the inquiry, said: “At the time Nick was staying with that particular friend, lodging with him.
“The mutual friend was a particular friend of Lee Monk’s.”
There was a fall out after the jewellery went missing with Lee Monk taking sides with the friend who had lost his jewellery.
“There was a split, that’s been going on for some time.
“There’s been verbal arguments if they saw one another.”
Det Chf Insp said some were reported to police, although many were not.
She said: “We know from Nick’s family that there’s been others but a lot we didn’t get involved in because they were that low level.”
Police were aware of a previous incident outside the Monk’s address, although they were not called, and another incident in the Co-op in January.
Whatever the reason for the fall out, Det Chf Insp James insisted the conclusion to the dispute was excessive and demonstrates the tragic consequences that can result.
She said: “I think it just goes to prove that frenzied acts of violence have consequences - 18 seconds and someone has died.”