Mother of Ipswich murder accused ‘drove 16-year-old and co-defendants to Colchester after killing’, court hears

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

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The mother of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens drove him and two of his co-defendants to Colchester on the evening of the alleged killing, a court heard.

The woman’s car was seen in Ipswich town centre at about 8.20pm on June 2 and was picked up at 8.44pm by an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) camera on the A12 heading towards Colchester, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

The woman, her 16-year-old son, Aristote Yenge and Isaac Calver were then captured on CCTV footage in an Aldi store in Magdalen Street, Colchester at 8.56pm – just over four hours after the attack on 17-year-old Tavis in Packard Avenue, Ipswich.

Ten minutes after the visit to the Aldi store in Magdalen Street the 16-year-old, his mother, Yenge and Calver were seen in another Aldi store in Colne View, Colchester, said DC Victoria Mitchell.

Before the court are Aristote Yenge, 23, of Spring Road, Ipswich, Adebayo Amusa, 20, of Sovereign Road, Barking, Callum Plaats, 23, of Ipswich, Isaac Calver, 19, of Firmin Close, Ipswich, a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named because of his age, and Leon Glasgow, 42, of no fixed address.

They deny murdering Tavis, of Pownall Road, Ipswich, who died after he was allegedly hit over the head with a bottle and stabbed 15 times.

It has been alleged that Tavis was “butchered” to death as a result of ill-feeling between two rival groups.

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Oliver Glasgow QC, prosecuting, claimed the attack on Tavis was the result of what the “J-Block” group, from Jubilee Park area of Ipswich and the “Neno” group from the Nacton area and the IP3 postcode, perceived to be a loss of respect following a row between two of their friends and two of Tavis’ friends in Lush earlier on June 2.

Mr Glasgow alleged that the fact that members of “Neno” had confronted the “J-Block” members so close to their home turf and the fact that the “J-Block” members had run and hidden rather than stood their ground gave the moral victory to Neno.

He alleged that following the row members of J-Block travelled to the Nacton area of Ipswich to get revenge.

The trial, who is expected to last until February, continues.

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