Two teenagers charged with murdering 18-year-old Raymond James Quigley in Ipswich town centre have appeared in court.

Alfie Hammett, 18 and from Larkhill Rise in Rushmere St Andrew, and Joshua Howell, 18 and from Wellington Street in Ipswich, were subsequently charged in the aftermath of the attack that happened on January 17 this year. 

Mr Quigley, originally from Wymondham in Norfolk, was stabbed to death in Westgate Street in Ipswich town centre. 

The two defendants, who have both been charged with his murder, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.

Their trial is set to start at the beginning of next week, the court heard.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Quigley sustained four stab wounds to his torso and died as a result of his injuries.

Mr Quigley's family paid tribute to their son following his death, saying he "shone as bright as any star". 

In a tribute shared after his death, Mr Quigley's family said: "We would like to thank everyone who came to his aid, including the medical personnel who fought so hard to save him and the staff of the card shop where he died.

"They were also so kind and considerate to us.

"We would also like to thank the local vicars who rang the church bells in respect to him. This was a gesture that we will always appreciate.

"Thank you to the members of the public who stood in his memory that day and all those who spoke to us while we were in Westgate Street. Your kindness brought us comfort.

"James (RJ) has now been laid to rest. He was and always will be a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew, as well as a much loved friend. He will be missed forever."