"On the 8th of June 1984, shortly after his release from custody, he was convicted of a knife point robbery at a post office in Swanwick.
"The circumstances are that he threatened the shopkeeper with a knife, removed money from the till and made his escape. He was chased and detained at the scene. He was sentenced at that time at
Portsmouth Crown Court to a total of five years and nine months imprisonment.
"On his release from Dartmoor prison in July 1987 David Lace relocated to Brixham in Devon where he later worked on fishing boats.
"He lived in lodgings in Brixham and we have been able to trace people with whom he worked and socialised.
"It appears that he continued to have little or no contact with his family until the autumn on 1988 when he paid a visit to Portsmouth.
"Family members who he visited at this time gave the impression that he had visited them to say goodbye for some particular reason.
"He made one disclosure at this time to the effect that he had done some bad things in his time, like the post office robbery and also was responsible for killing someone in Southampton when things
got out of hand some years ago when he was young.
"By December 1988 and perhaps significantly at the anniversary date of the murder he was noted by friends and others in Brixham that he had become depressed for some reason and made various
disclosures again to the effect that he had done bad things, could no longer cope and appeared to be inferring that he would take his own life.
"He gave away his possessions and gave up his job. He was last scene by friends on the 7th or 8th of December when he again stated that he was leaving and said goodbye to them.
"At 4pm on Friday, the 9th of December 1988 hid landlord, on checking David Lace's room found him dead in his bed.
"He was lying in bed, there was evidence of superficial attempts to cut his wrist, ingestion of painkillers and a plastic bag was over his head.
"The cause of death was asphyxiation and his death was determined as suicide. No suicide note was located or found.
"David Lace was buried in Kingston Cemetery Portsmouth on the 20th of December 1988.
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