Five jailed for total of 104 years after boy, 17, stabbed to death yards from home


Four men and a boy have been jailed for a total of 104 years after a teenager was stabbed to death just yards from his family home because of a gang feud.

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, 17, was stabbed 15 times and hit over the head with a glass bottle in Ipswich on June 2.

Aristote Yenge and Adebayo Amusa were convicted of his murder at Ipswich Crown Court last month with Kyreis Davies, 17, who can be named after the judge lifted a court order.

Isaac Calver was also found guilty of Mr Spencer-Aitkens’ murder.

Callum Plaats was found not guilty of murder, but convicted of manslaughter.

Leon Glasgow was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.

During the three-month trial, the jury heard Tavis was killed in revenge for trouble that flared between two rival gangs.

The court heard Tavis was friends with a group which called themselves Neno or The Three – after the IP3 postcode of Ipswich.

His attackers were from a gang known as J-Block.

Yenge, 23, of no fixed abode, was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years.

Amusa, 20, of Barking, was jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years years.

Davies, 17, of Colchester and Calver, 19, of Ipswich, were both jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years.

Plaats, 23, of Ipswich, was jailed for 14 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brown, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “The sentences handed down today reflect the severity of the crime and I hope this will now allow the family of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens to truly begin the slow process of rebuilding their lives.

“Tavis was 17-years-old, still just a boy with his whole life ahead of him, and this was cut short by an utterly senseless act of violence. 

“His attackers also had their whole lives ahead of them, but in taking the deliberate and calculated decision to ambush Tavis and stab him 15 times, they will now spend what should have been their own prime years locked away, making our streets a safer place.

“I hope that other young people who are lured into the dangerous world of knife crime and gang culture take note of the outcome of this case. It might be seen as glamorous by some, but let me assure you there is nothing glamorous about spending 20 years inside a prison.

“You are not free to inflict harm on other people as you see fit and without consequences. This investigation has shown our determination to pursue the people responsible for Tavis’ murder and bring them to justice.

“I would at this stage like to thank all the officers and staff whose hard work and dedication enabled us to identify Tavis’s killers and be ready to go to trial within five months.

“This was a team effort involving not only the Major Investigation Team and Major Incident Room, but also the Criminal Investigation Department, Youth Gangs Prevention Team, Neighbourhood Response Teams, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Forensic Investigators, CCTV officers, and all the departments that supported the investigation. We are ‘Team Suffolk’ and it is a testament to us all that time and time again we are able to stand up to this, convict offenders and achieve the long sentences they deserve.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Tavis’s family, for the remarkable way in which they have coped with everything over the past 10 months and remained resolute through the most horrific and painful experience. I want to thank them for the faith and patience that they gave us and for their unflinching support throughout the investigation.

“However, the final word in all of this must be about Tavis. I said last month after the verdicts were delivered, that we must all work to ensure that Tavis’ legacy is an end to this violence.

“Knife crime has become the great societal challenge of our time in this country and we have to educate children and young adults that knives have no place on our streets. I don’t want to see any more lives lost – and families suffer – as a result of these mindless acts of violence.” 

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